Unlike many aubergine recipes which swim in oil, this one has just enough extra virgin olive oil to enrich and enhance the vegetables in a dish that goes down well with both vegetarians and meat-eaters. This is a great cook-ahead dish, and it is delicious with crusty bread or baked potatoes and salad.
*Instead of the courgette in the vegetable mixture, use 1 bulb of fennel, sliced lengthways and separated into strips. *For a quick dish, layer the aubergine slices and braised vegetables in an ovenproof dish, ending with a layer of aubergine on top. Sprinkle the mozzarella mixture over and bake as above.
Not only is mozzarella delicious with tomatoes and basil in this dish, but it also keeps the fat content modest as it contains less fat than other cheeses. Unlike some lower-fat cheeses, mozzarella is still rich in calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth, muscle contraction, nerve function and proper clotting of the blood.
A, C, E, B6, B12, folate, niacin, calcium, B1, potassium
These are really, really tasty but quite time consuming considering the end result is not substantial. Also, mine were not as impressive as this photo, more of a slumped veg affair alas! Still, I would make again if I had a fair bit of time on my hands. - 04 Nov 2012
Fantastic and it freezes well, i made a big batch last summer and we are still enjoying them!!! - 03 Apr 2011
Gorgeous!!! A bit fiddely to make but well worth it. I've used a lot of Norma's recipes and as usual was not disappointed. My hubbie said it was great, a real compliment!!!! - 05 Nov 2010