© John Kernick
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35 MIN
Serves : 3 cups

A very quick marinade and just a few minutes on the grill turn eggplant into the perfect base for this must-make spread from chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr.: It’s smoky, deeply flavorful and wonderfully fresh-tasting, thanks to all the chopped herbs. Slideshow: Party Dips

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of the olive oil with the vinegar, parsley, basil, cilantro and two-thirds of the garlic. Add the eggplant slices and coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes.

Step 2    

Light a grill. Grill the eggplant over moderate heat, turning and basting occasionally with the marinade, until nicely charred and tender, about 10 minutes. Chop the eggplant.

Step 3    

In a large bowl, combine the remaining garlic with the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Fold in the chopped eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Serve with crackers.

Make Ahead

The spread can be refrigerated overnight.

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