Eggplant Dips & Spreads

Dip into these recipes for some tasty appetizers ideas. Explore Baba Ghanoush recipes and beyond with smoky, roasted, and grilled eggplant dips or spreads.

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Easy Eggplant Spread

This silky dip gets its flavor from garlic and thyme, stuffed into slits in the eggplant before it's grilled. For a rustic look and feel, serve it on crispy grilled crostini.

Charred Eggplant Dip

This smoky dip's flavors get stronger -- and better -- when it sits in the fridge for a couple of days. Try keeping it on hand to serve when friends drop by for a drink, or to add it to sandwiches.

Grilled Eggplant Dip

Enjoy the smoky flavor and minty aroma of this terrific lighter version of baba ghanoush, a Middle Eastern dip.

Eggplant-Yogurt Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 18
Creamy dips are often laden with fat, but yogurt makes an eggplant-and-onion version a guilt-free pleasure; we used baked pita chips for dipping.

Olive and Eggplant Dip

Briny olives bring a gratifying richness to this Mediterranean-inspired eggplant dip.

Eggplant Caponata Crostini

Rating: 3.5 stars 139
The tangy relish that tops these crostini is very versatile -- it also works as a quick pasta sauce or sandwich spread. The recipe was adapted from "Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast."Also try:Crostini with Tuna and White Bean Puree, Crostini with Fresh Ricotta and Grilled Radicchio

Eggplant Caviar

Rating: 3.5 stars 52
An old Russian favorite, this dish goes perfectly atop pita bread or served as a dip.

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 34
Roasting the eggplant in its skin steams the flesh, turning it soft and silky—great for a dip to serve with pita wedges as an appetizer.

Black-Tahini and Eggplant Dip

Update baba ghanoush for Halloween by making the smoky eggplant dip as dark as night—with black tahini. Serve with homemade grissini "snakes."

Roasted-Eggplant Dip with Greek Yogurt

Rating: 3 stars 134
This roasted-eggplant dip, made silky by the addition of yogurt, arrives alongside crisp, Herb-Rubbed Pitas for easy scooping.

Baba Ghanoush

If making ahead of time, store baba ghanoush in an airtight container in the refrigerator, up to one week. Garnish with parsley just before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

Eggplant Spread
This garlicky spread is made with grilled eggplant; serve it with pita bread.
Melitzanosalata (Grilled Eggplant Salad with Tomato, Vinegar, and Parsley)
The recipe for this exotic salad is from "The New Greek Cuisine" by Jim Botsacos.
Roasted-Eggplant Dip
Rating: 3.5 stars 16

Roasting eggplant results in a smoky, earthy dip. Homemade garlic chips add crunch. Serve the dip spread onto grilled flatbread.