Most homemade eggplant healthy snacks are not always welcome. But a good Eggplant Caviar recipe spiced with the right ingredients can be very tasty.
Caviar d’aubergine as we call it in French is not too be confused with fish eggs and neither does Eggplant Caviar. It is a savory appetizer or snack that is best prepared with good and fresh ingredients. Once you have all the necessary ingredients there’s no way you can mess up the recipe.
I prefer preparing this recipe with freshly picked eggplants. A great way to get fresh eggplant is by visiting a “Pick-Your-Own Farm.” It can be a great experience if you go with the right people. Usually, friends and family who are interested in organic foods, cooking, or a healthy lifestyle.
My preferred eggplant
I like all eggplants, but the Barbarella is my preferred after the Japanese eggplant to make the caviar. The skin is not as tough as the Italian or the graffiti eggplant.
Using the Barbarella eggplant to make the caviar is not as practical when using the Italian eggplant. Instead of slicing the Barbarella in half I prefer slicing it with the skin on. After roasting in the oven, I puree it with the skin on. The skin provides an added texture to the caviar.
What is eggplant caviar
Eggplant Caviar is a smoky tasty eggplant puree seasoned with fresh lemon juice, garlic, and some heat. My recipe is a bit different because I added Noubess hot and spicy condiment with a hint of lemon juice.
I seasoned the eggplant prior to roasting and seasoned the puree as well. For the added heat the puree needs, I use my Noubess Original Hot and Spicy with Herbs.
The heat is not much because I only use about 1/4 of a teaspoon for two regular sizes Barbarella eggplant. If you prefer you could about 1/2 of a teaspoon and increase the amount of lemon juice to contrast the heat. There is absolutely no need to sprinkle any chili or paprika powder for color. The final result will be a beautiful slight orange and brown color puree.
It is amusing that people will write to me with things like, “Gemma, share more modern Caribbean inspired recipes!” or “We want to see more videos!” Okay! I usually say in my head first. I hear you! Trust me it is on my agenda. And yes, more videos are coming, but not for this one yet. 🙂
The great thing about this recipe is you don’t have to cut the eggplant in half. I prepared a seasoning for the slices, and make sure that each slice is well coated. The seasoning is a mixture of some good olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. What I like about this recipe is that you only need a couple of eggplants.
Making my Eggplant caviar is very simple and effortless. Add the right spices, the right condiment, a good olive oil, and fresh lemon juice and serve it in a bowl accompanied with bread or crackers.