Eggplant Spread Recipe (Baklazhannaia Ikra)

Eggplant Spread recipe

Eggplant Spread Recipe (Baklazhannaia Ikra)

This sauteed eggplant spread can be served as a main course or appetizer. “Baklazhannaia Ikra” means “poor man’s caviar.” The ingredients are simple but the flavors are spectacular, which is exactly what I love about Slavic cuisine!

Eggplant is definitely a popular ingredient in Russian and Ukrainian cooking and it tastes amazing when prepared correctly. Unfortunately, it is under-appreciated in US cuisine. I guess if you don’t know – you don’t know! No worries though, if you’re an eggplant lover, you’ve come to the right blog. I have plenty of truly delicious options on my site and this week I’m sharing 2 new eggplant recipes that will satisfy even the fiercest craving for this beautiful purple fruit.

Ingredients for Eggplant Spread Recipe:

  • 2 lbs eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 2 bell peppers (preferably red, yellow, or orange), diced
  • 2 to 3 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • Canola oil or extra light olive oil to sauté

How to Make Sauteed Eggplant Spread:

  1. Place a large non-stick pan over medium/ high heat and add 3-4 Tbsp oil. Add eggplant and saute, stirring occasionally until softened and moist (15-20 min), adding more oil if needed to keep it from sticking to the bottom.

     

  2. At the same time, in a separate large skillet, add 2 Tbsp oil, diced bell pepper, grated carrots, and finely diced onion. Saute until golden and softened (10-15 minutes). Combine with eggplant mixture

     

  3. Add diced tomatoes, season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. It is done when there is no liquid pooling and the mixture is spreadable and still somewhat chunky consistency.

    Serve eggplant spread with crusty bread. So delicious!

Eggplant Spread Recipe (Baklazhannaia Ikra)

 

Eggplant Spread Recipe (Baklazhannaia Ikra)

Authentic sautéed eggplant spread. Baklazhannaia Ikra means "poor man's caviar." The ingredients of this eggplant recipe are simple but the flavors are spectacular!

  • 2 lbs eggplant peeled and diced
  • 2 bell peppers preferably red, yellow, or orange, diced
  • 2 to 3 medium carrots grated
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • Canola oil or extra light olive oil to sauté
  1. Place a large non-stick pan over medium/ high heat and add 3-4 Tbsp oil. Add eggplant and saute, stirring occasionally until softened and moist (15-20 min), adding more oil if needed to keep it from sticking to the bottom.

  2. At the same time, in a separate large skillet, add 2 Tbsp oil, diced bell pepper, grated carrots and finely diced onion. Saute until golden and softened (10-15 minutes). Combine with eggplant mixture

  3. Add diced tomatoes, season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, reduce heat to low,

  4. cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. It is done when there is no liquid pooling and the mixture is a spreadable and still somewhat chunky consistency. Serve eggplant spread with crusty bread.

Appetizer, Condiments, spread
Russian, Ukrainian
Eggplant Spread

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