Middle Eastern Eggplant Spread

Adapted from The Roasted Vegetable by Andrea Chesman
Serves 3

Preheat oven to 400F. Pierce eggplant several times with a fork or sharp knife and rest on a baking sheet. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the garlic and wrap in foil before placing it next to the eggplant. Roast garlic and eggplant for 40 - 60 minutes until tender and soft.

Toss onions with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Over low heat, cook onions in a large skillet until caramelized (dark brown and very soft), stirring occasionally, about 30 - 40 minutes. If desired, add a pinch of sugar with the salt to aid the caramelizing. (This can be done faster on higher heat, but since the eggplant has to cook for 40 minutes, might as well do it the slow and easy way.)

Remove eggplant and garlic from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Peel eggplant and remove stem. Chop finely and remove to a medium bowl. Squeeze cloves out from papery husks and add to eggplant.

Add cilantro, parsley, chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper to eggplant-garlic mixture. Mash together well. Let rest for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend before serving warm or at room temperature.

Spread on pita, top with chopped tomatoes and tzatziki sauce or use as a dip with flatbread or chips.


  1. The original recipe called for the onions to be caramelized in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes. I tried that, it didn't work for me. I'll stick to caramelizing on the range, which works like a charm.

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