French Fridays with Dorie: Eggplant Caviar

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eggplant caviar

Baba Ghanouj. Pindjur. Eggplant Caviar.

Call it what you will, it’s still one meaty, delicious spread. Or dip. (?)

This week’s French Fridays assignment was to roast a couple of eggplants, or aubergines, if you will, and make Dorie’s version of this very popular Middle Eastern dish. 


Once the eggplants were thoroughly cooked, I peeled them, mashed up the flesh, and added in a bunch of goodness; olive oil, cayenne, lemon juice and zest, garlic, thyme, basil, onions, and chunks of tomatoes.

spices herbs

I served the caviar with a side of crackers, but some people reached for the crusty bread instead. Yummers!

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eggplant caviar

37 Responses
  1. kitchenarian

    I love your picture of the herbs and spices. I enjoyed this. I would definitely puree it in a food processor next time and add a few more seasonings.

  2. Elies_Lie

    The eggplant – I don’t cook that often except in a curry or blend with chili padi sauce
    Tq for sharing the other idea to cook it Kate 🙂
    That eggplant looks amazing delicious! 😉

  3. Ramona

    I love eggplant! Your pictures are so vibrant the flavors float out of the computer screen. I just wish I could stick my finger into the screen and get a bite. : )

  4. Lolly's Sweet Treats

    My eggplant are just about ready in my garden and I am looking for ways to use it up. This looks perfect 🙂 Yum!

  5. Lindsey@Lindsleicious

    Oh I love the idea of putting the zest in there too! I used to make this a lot 5 years ago, I need to bring it back I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder Kate you pics are drool worthy!

  6. Kristy

    I knew you would do something wonderful with the eggplant. Love it!!! Can you just believe I just ate this for the first time a few weeks ago?! Not sure how I was living without it all my life. LOL.

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