Aubergine appetiser

    3 hours 35 min

    A delightful starter, or an extra dish for the dinner table. You can use any mince you like - beef or lamb would work a treat.

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    Makes: 8 starter portions

    • 1kg aubergines
    • olive oil for frying
    • 1kg beef mince
    • tomato puree to taste
    • 1 large pot of strained yoghurt
    • Lebanese pitta breads
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:3hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr35min 

    1. Peel and slice the aubergine lengthways.
    2. Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry aubergine slices in the olive oil, until just brown.
    3. In another pan, fry the mince, till browned. Add a bit of water and the tomato puree to taste (as you would for a Bolognese).
    4. Add the aubergines to a Pyrex dish in layers. Top with the mince mixture. Set aside and let cool.
    5. Slightly fry the pitta in hot olive oil on both sides. Set aside.
    6. Once the mince has cooled, top with the yoghurt. Tear the pitta into pieces and arrange on top of the yoghurt.
    7. Chill in the fridge for a few hours. Serve once cold.


    If you do not like mince or meat, then use more aubergines. You can also add mushrooms.

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