Baked aubergines with tomatoes and Parmesan

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Baked aubergines with tomatoes and Parmesan
Baked aubergines with tomatoes and Parmesan
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:49
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:25 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:18th January 2013
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I don't really have any feelings about aubergines as they are tasteless. However, I decided to make an effort to become fond of the blighters by doing something a little different with them. Here is the result, which is based on an Italian influenced Nigel Slater recipe in his book Tender: Volume I, A cook and his vegetable patch (ISBN 0007248490). I will certainly make this little dish again.

Ingredients

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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - gas 7), placing a shelf at the top of the oven.

Method

  1. Place the aubergine slices on a baking tray so that they do not overlap - use more than one try if necessary.
  2. Brush the slices with plenty of olive oil and lightly sprinkle the salt and pepper over them.
  3. Turn them over and do the same to the other sides.
  4. Bake at the top of the oven for about 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a pan, add the garlic and chillies and quickly fry, without them turning brown.
  6. Add the tomatoes and cook until any liquid has almost evaporated and you have a thick sludge of tomato mixture.
  7. When the aubergines are ready spread the tomato mixture over each slice.
  8. Finally, sprinkle the Parmesan over each slice and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese has cooked.

Serving suggestions

Serve with ciabatta.

Chef's notes

If you find that the skins of the aubergines are tough, just remove the skins as you eat the slices. Do not peel them before cooking or the slices will lose theire shape and become mushy.

You may find that you need more or less of the given tomato quantity as it will depend on how juicy the tomatoes are. If they are fairly solid, you can use less.

The amount of Parmesan you use is up to you. Just grate a reasonable quantity of it and see how much you can pile onto the aubergine slices. Any left over cheese can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container.

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