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Eggplant dip recipe from Sicily with capers, chili, and fresh herbs.

eggplant dip
eggplant dip recipe

Italians call this roasted eggplant dip “caviar” because traditionally you mash, not blend, the eggplant, so the seeds are still visible and look like caviar pearls.

You can use this Italian eggplant dip to serve raw vegetables, to season pasta, or to spread it on hot, toasted bruschetta.

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This is a Mediterranean eggplant dip without tahini, only olive oil, herbs, and spices.

Let’s see how to make this healthy eggplant dipping sauce!

Eggplant dip recipe (Caviale di melanzane)

Course dip
Cuisine Italian
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 teaspoon of salted capers
  • ¼-1/2 red chili
  • ½ garlic clove peeled
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • 6-8 grinds of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place eggplants on a parchment paper lined tray and bake them 50-60 minutes.
  3. Peel them and blend the pulp with all the other ingredients.
  4. Dip.
  5. Yes, it’s done!
eggplant dip Italian recipe
eggplant dip recipe from Sicily

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