About this recipe:Sliced aubergines are coated in breadcrumbs, fried and then rolled with a cheesy mixture of Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella, before being baked in a homemade tomato sauce. To save time, you can use ready-made tomato sauce, if you prefer. It's a hearty and delicious starter or main dish, which is perfect for dinner parties.
125ml vegetable oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons Italian herb seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
215g plain dried breadcrumbs
125g plain flour
4 tablespoons double cream
2 large aubergines, peeled and sliced lengthways into 5mm slices
425g ricotta cheese
225g grated mozzarella cheese
40g grated Parmesan cheese
45g chopped fresh parsley
fresh parsley, for garnish
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Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly browned. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and passata. Season with Italian herb seasoning, salt, sugar and pepper. Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. In a large shallow dish, stir together the breadcrumbs and flour. In a separate dish, whisk together the eggs and cream with a fork.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip each aubergine slice into the egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs. Fry each slice until golden brown in the hot oil, turning once. Drain on kitchen towels.
Spread a thin layer of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto one side of each slice of aubergine. Roll up and place in the baking dish seam side down. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the rolls. Cover the baking dish with a lid or foil.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Garnish with additional chopped parsley before serving if desired.