This easy to prepare smoky and delicious eggplant caviar spread is out of this world not to mention healthy. The charring of the eggplant is what gives off it’s smokey aroma and gives it a unique flavor. Only three simple ingredients needed. Serve this at your next dinner party as an appetizer with crusty bread or crackers and it’s sure to be a hit.
The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), B vitamins, folate and vitamin C. Eggplant is also rich in minerals, boasting a large quantity of potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. With no fat, six carbs and 27 calories in a 1-cup serving, eggplant makes an excellent addition to any diet.
Smoked eggplant caviar spread.
- 1 large eggplant
- 1-2 cloves garlic *if garlic clove is large use 1 clove
- salt to taste
Prepare a baking dish, lined with aluminum foil.
Cut the eggplant lengthwise in half and place them skin-side up.
Set your oven to broil. Place in the oven on the top rack, the one that's closer to the broiler.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes until the eggplant starts to char. You will sense the eggplant smokey aroma when it is almost done. When you pull it out of the oven, the eggplant skin should be completely charred and crispy. This is when you know that it's ready.
Let them cool for about 5-10 minutes. Flip them over and using a spoon, scoop out the meat of the eggplant into a bowl. Let the eggplant cool completely.
Squeeze the garlic and add the salt. Beat really well with a fork or a wisk until the eggplant is loose and spreadable. Best served with crusty bread or crackers.
You can also use a blender. You don't want to blend too much, just enough so that the eggplant is loose and spreadable. Give it a couple of pulses. I prefer the fork method more because the seeds don't get emulsified and blended into the eggplant.