Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Grilled Eggplant Spread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 4 min
  • Prep: 24 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: about 3 cups
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4 pounds medium eggplants

1 small red onion

2 large garlic cloves

2/3 cup packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

3 tablespoons mayonnaise


Pita toasts


  1. Pierce eggplants in several places with a fork and grill on a rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals, turning them occasionally, until very soft, 30 to 40 minutes. (Alternatively, broil eggplants under a preheated broiler about 6 inches from heat 30 to 40 minutes. Broiled eggplant will not have a smoky flavor.)
  2. Transfer eggplants to a colander and when cool enough to handle, quarter lengthwise. With a small knife remove and discard as many seeds as possible. Scrape flesh into a large sieve set over a bowl, discarding skin. Drain eggplant, covered and chilled, 1 day. Discard any juices from eggplant.
  3. Mince onion and garlic and finely chop parsley. In a food processor pulse eggplant with onion, garlic, parsley, and remaining ingredients until coarsely pureed. Transfer spread to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Chill spread, covered, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  4. Serve spread with pita toasts.