Aubergine rolls

    1 hour 15 min

    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.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 large aubergine, about 340 g (12 oz), cut lengthways into 10 slices, each about 3 mm (⅛ in) thick
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • ½ red pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
    • ½ green pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
    • 1 courgette, cut into thin strips
    • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
    • 6 tomatoes, diced
    • pinch of sugar
    • 200 ml (7 fl oz) passata
    • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil
    • 170 g (6 oz) mozzarella cheese, diced
    • 8 black olives, stoned and chopped
    • salt and pepper
    • sprigs of fresh basil to garnish

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Dice the 2 outer (end) slices of aubergine, with the peel, and set aside to add to the filling. Use a third (2 tsp) of the olive oil to brush the remaining 8 aubergine slices sparingly on both sides. Heat a ridged griddle or frying pan and brown the aubergine slices for about 2 minutes on each side or until they are tender but not soft. Set aside on a board.
    2. Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onion, half of the garlic, the red and green peppers, courgette and reserved diced aubergine for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add the parsley and half of the diced tomatoes, and continue to cook for a further 5–6 minutes.
    3. Season the vegetable mixture, add the sugar and pour in the passata. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is richly flavoured and thickened.
    4. In a bowl, combine the remaining garlic and diced tomatoes with the chopped basil, mozzarella and olives. Set this topping mixture aside. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).
    5. Lightly season the aubergine slices. Place a generous portion of the braised vegetable filling at the wider end of one slice and roll up to enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining aubergine slices and filling, placing the rolls side by side in an ovenproof dish.
    6. Spoon the tomato and mozzarella mixture evenly over the top. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese topping has melted. Garnish with basil sprigs and serve hot or warm.

    Some more ideas

    *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.

    Plus points

    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.

    Each serving provides

    A, C, E, B6, B12, folate, niacin, calcium, B1, potassium

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    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