Italian stuffed and baked aubergines

    1 hour 50 min

    A delicious recipe for Italian stuffed and baked aubergines with tomato sauce, olives and capers. Prepare this dish a few hours in advance or even the day before, as it allows the flavours to meld.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 8 medium size aubergines
    • 200ml extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 small onion, minced
    • 1 dash white wine
    • 1 small bunch parsley, tems separated from leaves, and leaves minced
    • oil for frying the aubergine skins
    • 3 eggs
    • 300g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 250g stale bread, soaked in water
    • 2 tablespoons Taggisca black olives or any other variety, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon capers
    • 800g ready made tomato sauce
    • 50g grated Pecorino cheese

    Method
    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:20min drying  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Cut the aubergines in half lengthwise. Spoon out the flesh without damaging the skins. Leave about a 3mm of the walls.
    2. Roughly chop the flesh with a knife, sprinkle generously with coarse salt and let stand for 20 minutes. Rinse well to remove salt and squeeze out extra liquid.
    3. In a saucepan add 200ml oil and fry the garlic, onion and the parsley stems on medium heat. Add a dash of wine to avoid burning and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring. Add the aubergine flesh and stir to coat in oil. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
    4. Meanwhile, heat about 1 cm oil in a saucepan. Add the aubergine skins, a few at the time and fry them quickly, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
    5. Transfer the aubergine flesh to a bowl and add grated Parmesan, eggs, squeezed and crumbled stale bread, parsley leaves, capers and olives. Season with salt and stir well. Fill the aubergine skins with this mixture.
    6. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    7. Pour 2 ladles of tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking pan and lay the stuffed aubergines, one close to the other. Add more tomato sauce and sprinkle with grated pecorino cheese.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Move to the top oven shelf during the last minutes to brown the top.
    9. Remove from the oven, let it cool slightly and serve. This dish is better if prepared some hours in advance or even the day before.

    Storing

    Store the stuffed aubergine in the fridge up to 2 days. Freeze up to 3 months.

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