Slather eggplant caviar on little toasts or bread for a wonderful appetizer, or use it as a spread on sandwiches, or as a dip for vegetables. Be sure to taste the caviar and season it as you like with lemon, salt, pepper, olive oil, and herbs.
Put the roasted eggplant on a cutting board and use a spoon to scrape the flesh from the skins. Peel or press the garlic flesh from the skins and add it to the eggplant on the board. With a large knife, chop the eggplant and garlic together until they form a rough purée. Add the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, a generous drizzle of olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Chop and mix together thoroughly, transfer to a small serving bowl, and taste. Add more lemon juice, oil, or salt if needed. Fold in the mint or parsley. Refrigerate for up to 48 hours if you like; bring to room temperature before serving.
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