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Eggplant Caviar Spread Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Eggplant Caviar makes a great party appetizer. It's an old Russian favorite. You can enjoy it as a spread over toast for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
Eggplant caviar makes a great party appetizer or "zakuska". It's an old Russian favorite. You can enjoy it as a spread over toast for breakfast, lunch or even dinner, maybe a mid-day snack and when you can't sleep at night because you can't stop thinking about this eggplant caviar ;). I'm thinking this recipe would work if you use your favorite store-bought salsa in it (but you should still try the roasted salsa we have posted on the blog - you'll probably get hooked like we are). P.S. After everything is chopped, total cooking time is under 10 minutes. Nice.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $7-$10
Servings: 8 -12 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 medium 1 1/2 to 2 lbs eggplants
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 small/2medium carrots grated
  • 7 garlic cloves pressed
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt I used sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 3/4 to 1 cup salsa we used our roasted salsa recipe or you can use Pace Picante Sauce and you can buy Mild, Medium, or Hot depending on your affinity for spice.

Instructions

  1. In a Medium skillet, heat 2-3 Tbsp oil over medium high heat. Add onion and carrot and saute until soft (7 min), stirring often. Add pressed garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a second, large skillet, heat 4-5 Tbsp oil over medium/high heat. Add finely diced eggplant (you could make bigger dice but it's more spreadable this way). Sprinkle in 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, stir, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes stirring often until eggplant is very soft (7 minutes). Add more oil if the eggplant is sticking to the pan.
  3. Once it's soft, stir in 3/4 to 1 cup salsa and your onion/carrot mix. Mix well and heat for another minute until the spread is hot. Serve with toasted bread or your favorite crackers.
  4. We took this stuff over to my sisters house for dinner and it went fast. Everyone loved it.