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50 min

Vegetarian Eggplant Caviar Recipe

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50 min


6 persons




5.00 rating-star (1)

Author: Monica Feluchi

Eggplant caviar is tasty and healthy. It appeals to adults and even to kids – so delicious the dish is! It involves several ingredients only and does not take much time to be cooked. Hurry up to learn the recipe of this French appetizer now! 


  • eggplant: 900 g (or 2 large eggplants)
  • olive oil: 2 Tbsp
  • kosher salt: 1.5 tsp
  • bell pepper: 1 piece (red, medium)
  • garlic: 3 clove
  • olive oil: 3 Tbsp
  • balsamic vinegar: 1 tsp
  • basil: 2 Tbsp (fresh, minced)
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • black pepper: 1 pinch

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Stages of cooking

  1. Prior to cooking the dish, pre-heat the oven to 205 C (400 F).  Slice the eggplants lengthwise into 2 halves. Poke the skin of the eggplants with a fork and make the cuts on the other side. Take a baking pan, cover it with baking paper and place the eggplants above. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the eggplants become soft. You can also grill the eggplants instead of baking them.

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  2. As soon as the eggplants are ready, peel them off. Then roast or grill the red bell pepper. You can follow the instructions specified in step 1. As soon as the bell pepper is ready, peel it well, remove the seeds and the stem.

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  3. Process garlic, roasted bell pepper and eggplant in a blender to get the smooth mass.

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  4. Put the mixture you have got into a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, balsamic vinegar, minced basil and black pepper. Stir the ingredients well. Serve with toasts, crackers, pita chips, cucumber or celery sticks. Enjoy!

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History of the Vegetarian Eggplant Caviar Recipe:

Eggplant caviar is a popular appetizer in French cuisine. It has become a household favorite due to its delicate flavor and nutritious benefits. Eggplant caviar is believed to have originated in France in the 17th century, making it a classic French dish. It quickly spread throughout Europe and became a popular dish in the Middle East as well.

Tips and Tricks for Vegetarian Eggplant Caviar Recipe:

  1. Always select fresh and firm eggplants.
  2. Be sure to poke the skin of the eggplants before baking or grilling them, as this will help them cook evenly.
  3. Use a high-quality olive oil for maximum flavor.
  4. Roasting or grilling the eggplants and bell peppers will give them a slightly smoky flavor and will bring out their natural sweetness.
  5. For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture for a longer time.
  6. Chill the eggplant caviar for an hour or two before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the eggplant caviar with freshly toasted sliced bread, crackers, or pita chips.
  2. For a healthier option, offer sliced cucumber, zucchini, or carrot sticks to dip into the caviar.
  3. Garnish the dish with freshly chopped herbs, such as parsley or chives, or sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles for an extra burst of flavor.
  4. Serve in a decorative dish, such as a clay pot or a glass bowl, to add a touch of elegance to the presentation.

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