Thai Basil Roasted Eggplant Spread
  • 1lb. eggplantany variety
  • Olive oil to cover
  • Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2Tbsps. rice wine vinegar
  • 1Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 hot peppersfinely chopped (jalapeños yield a milder spread)
  • 3Tbsps. sesame oil or peanut oil
  • 3 garlic clovesfinely chopped
  • 3Tbsps. finely minced Thai basil
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Crackers, veggie slices, croutons for serving
  1. To roast the eggplant, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Wash the eggplant, coat with oil and season with salt and pepper. Pierce the flesh several times with a fork. Roast until the skin collapses and middle is soft. Let cool. Then peel off and discard the skin and save the flesh.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and chopped hot peppers. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wok or fry pan over high heat and heat the oil. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the eggplant and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Stir in the sauce, cook for another minute or so. Remove from heat. Stir in the chopped basil. Taste and if necessary, add some salt and pepper.
  4. To serve: Mound the eggplant in a bowl. Garnish the top with fresh herbs. Serve chilled or at room temperature with veggie slices, crackers, pita wedges, chips or croutons.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional analysis per tablespoon spread: 20 calories, less than 1 gram protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, 2 grams fat, 75 mg. sodium, less than 1 gram fiber.