The problem was, we didn't have time or energy to roast the eggplant, which is a basic requirement for baba ghanoush. We decided to microwave it until it was soft, then put it in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. We know, just writing it out now makes us cringe, too.
Guess what? Microwaved eggplant is not good. The dip had zero flavor, unless you count the bitter, soapy taste of raw eggplant doused with salt.
We let it sit in the food processor for an hour or so, wondering if we could turn it into something else. We do hate to waste food, but eventually we just threw it out.
What would you have done? What dishes have you botched — and what do you do with them?
Related: Recipe: DIY Baba Ghanoush (The right way.)
(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)