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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.

Eggplant appetizer recipe

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.

Eggplant and tomato appetizer

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

Easy and delicious eggplant appetizer made with grilled eggplant slices topped with tomato slices, a garlicky mayo parmesan sauce and fresh herbs.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: European, Polish
Keyword: Garlic, Grilled eggplant appetizer, Grilled eggplant with tomato, Mayonnaise, Parmesan, Polish eggplant appetizer
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 to 15 slices of eggplant tomato appetizers


  • 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.
Grilled eggplant appetizer

Step by step preparation photos for this eggplant and tomato appetizer with garlicky parmesan mayonnaise sauce

Eggplant and tomato appetizer
Eggplant appetizer
Eggplant and tomato appetizer

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  1. I made this with veganaise because we were having vegan friends over. I added chives, basil and 1 clove of garlic. Everyone, including the meat eaters LOVED it. I have never had such flavor with eggplant. I used all local, in-season veggies and herbs. For us non-vegans I added some high-quality Parmesan. Totally yummy. I will use to this recipe again.

  2. We ate a rolled version of this in Kazakhstan. The eggplant was thinner and grilled until soft enough to roll. The tomatoes were Russian heirlooms and very, very ripe. I don’t remember any cheese in it. Just seasoned grilled eggplant, thinly sliced tomatoes, and a dollop of garlicky mayonaise (the good stuff, not our American mass-market stuff). They were layered, then rolled up, held together with a round tooth pick, and were served cold. They called the dish, “Mother-in-law’s Tongue”.

  3. This looks great i think it will be a new hit for my fiance and i its good to try something new muah!

  4. I made this last night for a holiday party. It was a big hit. The first appetizer to disappear. Next, time I’m going to use plain yogurt in place of the mayo. Yummy!

  5. Hola Layla!

    I’ve been using your website a lot!!!! Congratulations and thanks for such a neat website. This recipe is spectacular, easy and delicious! Joe loved it. We just finished having dinner and I couldn’t help but comment on it. Say hi to Anna if you are still in touch with her. I remember her. We miss you here in Austin.
    Bye and enjoy our lindo Ecuador!

    AKA Carito

  6. these look really great. I am going to try these for my holiday party next weekend. will report back if it’s a hit. =)

  7. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pieces, I just love how you illustrate the making of all your dishes. I was craving a potato soup and found your website. I have a question for you…do you have a recipe for Creamy Pesto Sauce?

    Keep up the great work!

    Thank you Jeanette, I don’t really have a specific recipe for pesto, I usually just crush basil leaves with some garlic, pine nuts, a little bit of lime juice and some olive oil as well as salt.

  8. I just found your site today and WOW, this is exactly what I want to eat! With all the tomatoes and eggplants I find the farmers market, I’m going to try this on Sunday!

  9. Mmmmm! I had too many tomatoes lying around and too many eggplants as well. I was looking for some ideas for lunch when I came across your post. OMG! This is amazing! I mean, I figured it would be good but that garlic Parmesan mayo sauce is amazing. I can’t wait to use the leftover mayo on other stuff. So simple and so delicious! I love it! Thank you!

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