Anna’s eggplant appetizer
Easy recipe for a delicious eggplant appetizer recipe that consists of grilled eggplant slices topped with tomato, garlicky parmesan mayonnaise sauce, and garnished with fresh herbs.
This is one of my favorite appetizers, occasionally we like to have appetizer dinners, which is just appetizers for dinner -it’s an adult version of ice cream for dinner – and this eggplant appetizer is one of those yummy appetizers that always gets included. It is especially good in the summer when you can get the best quality eggplants and tomatoes.
I learned how to make this eggplant appetizer from my friend Anna, back in the days when we lived in Austin and hung out with a very fun group of Russians. We met Anna, who is Polish, thru our Russian friends (I miss these guys so much). We all lived in the same apartment complex and had some great dinner parties – Russians definitely known how to party. Anna would usually bring this appetizer to these dinners.
The combination of eggplant and tomato gets a very spicy contrast from the garlic parmesan mayonnaise sauce, which I really think that sauce is the key to making this appetizer so delicious. Even though I’ve made this eggplant and tomato appetizer so many times I still remember Anna’s as being so much better than mine, she always used dill as the garnish. I use it sometimes but it just depends what I have in the garden or fridge, this time I used thyme and oregano as garnishes.
Grilled eggplant appetizer
- 1 eggplant
- 2-3 tbs olive oil
- 2-3 tomatoes sliced
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 4 tbs mayonnaise
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- Fresh herbs to garnish dill, basil, oregano, thyme, etc
- Salt and pepper
- Slice eggplants, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Grill until the eggplant slices are cooked, about 5 minutes on an electric grill, you can also fry or bake the eggplant slices.
- Meanwhile mix the grated parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, mayonnaise and pepper in a small bowl
- Arrange the eggplant slices on a plate, top each one with a slice of tomato and a spoon of the garlicky parmesan mixture.
- Garnish each appetizer with a fresh herb sprig and serve warm or cold.
Awesome photos! This actually fits with the red&white theme for Foodie Photo Contest that we have now.
If you’re interested, please find more info here: http://cookingetcetera.com/2008/07/07/red-white-foodie-photo-contest/
There’re some prizes for the lucky winners too. Don’t forget, deadline for submission is Aug 18th.
See you there at the roundup :-D
i love the simplicity of these appetizers. color, presentation, taste. lovely photos!
Rosa – I love the colors also!
Victoria – Thank you!
Lydia – I didn’t think of that, but you are right, definitely a good low carb dish!
Maya – You are so lucky to have these growing on your patio (I’m really jealous), give it a try, it’s so easy and good!
JS – How can you dislike eggplant? I kind of understand, I didn’t really like eggplant until I was in college, I just never had it prepared the right way.
Claudia – I think this will be even better with heirloom tomatoes, great idea!
Olga – I like the idea of making something like this baked, I’ll have to try it!
This looks very pretty! And healthy and flavorful. My mom used to make something similar with eggplant and then top it with a mixture of mayo, garlic and parsley and bake in the oven!
Looks delicious – a fantastic summer appetizer! I’ll try this recipe with heirloom tomatoes.
This looks fantastic! I’ve been having some problems with eggplant lately (suddenly developed a dislike for the vegetable), so maybe this will set me back on track. This just looks so beautiful.
What a great dinner this time of the year. I have tomato and eggplant plants on my patio full of fruits. This would be a good way to use them up!
Great way to lighten up eggplant parmesan — and now that I’m eating a lower-carb diet and not having much bread, it’s fun to substitute vegetables for the bread in some dishes like this.
I just love eggplant and this looks delicious! Wonderful photos to help explain the process. Great job.
That appetizer looks very good and so pretty!