Tomato-Eggplant “Caviar”

This very versatile spread works great as a dip for vegetables or as a creative topping for roasted meats such as lamb.

Serves: 14Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 3 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 14


  • 1 large eggplant (1 1⁄2 lbs.)
  • 1⁄2 cup sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat broiler.
  • Wash and dry the eggplant. Cut the eggplant in half and place on baking sheet cut-side down. Cook for a few minutes until the skin blisters and chars, checking several times and adjusting the position of the eggplant halves to make sure the skin cooks evenly. Turn off broiler
  • Heat oven to 400°F. Bake the eggplant for 50 minutes. Remove the eggplant from oven. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Scoop out the flesh and place in a food processor. Discard the remaining skin.
  • Add the sundried tomatoes and olive oil to the food processor. Use a citrus zester to get 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest; add to processor. Juice the lemon and add to the processor. Process the contents until fairly smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.