I had planned to make this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Eggplant caviar) last week in France for our final meal. But the eggplants I bought ended up in a pasta sauce instead so I made this in a jetlgged fog on my first day back in Toronto.
After two weeks eating and drinking our way around Alsace and Burgundy, and 6 weeks in Europe, my tummy is definitely ready for some light dishes and this fit the bill perfectly. Contrary to its name, caviar d’aubergine as it is known en français, has nothing to do with caviar and everything to do with baba ghanoush. I really loved this take on it, because, so often, this dip/ spread is a one-dimensional tub of gloop. Dorie’s recipe includes fresh herbs, onions and chopped tomatoes which not only lend some colour to the basic brown but also some much needed texture.
It’s sweet and sharp and fresh tasting – a perfect dip or spread. We served ours with tiny lamb chops that were serendipitously waiting for us in the freezer along with a minted-pea purée and it was a lovely change from “3 veg”.
Would I make this again? Absolutely. Would I think twice about buying this now I know how easy it is to make it interesting and slightly prettier? Of course!
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