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Eggplant Dip

Fany Boutari adds a little mayonnaise to the traditional melitzanosalata—a blend of roasted eggplant, olive oil and lemon juice—making the dip unusually creamy.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 2 large eggplants (3 pounds total)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pita bread, cut into triangles


  1. Preheat the oven to 475°. Prick the eggplants all over with a fork and set them on a large baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the eggplants are charred and very soft. Let cool slightly, then peel. Coarsely chop the eggplant pulp, transfer it to a strainer set over a bowl and let drain for 30 minutes; press to release any remaining liquid.
  2. Finely chop the eggplant and transfer it to a bowl. Add the onion and garlic, then gradually stir in the oil and lemon juice until incorporated. Stir in the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita.

Make Ahead

The dip can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours.

Suggested Pairing

Look for a Greek Santorini.

Contributed By Published April 1998

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