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  • Seasonal local food recipe No 160: Melanzane parmigiana

    Posted on August 31st, 2012 charlotte No comments

    This richly-flavoured Italian dish of layered cheese and vegetables is traditionally made with aubergines, but you can use the courgettes in this week’s veg boxes as well or instead. It’s delicious with a green salad and crusty bread. This version is from BBC olive magazine.

    Serves: 4

    Preparation / cooking time: 75 minutes

    Ingredients
    olive oil
    2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
    2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 small bunch basil, shredded
    3 medium aubergines
    2 balls mozzarella, sliced
    a handful grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)

    Method
    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add the garlic and sizzle for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cinnamon and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Stir in the basil and season.

    Slice the aubergines lengthways about 1/2cm thick. Brush both sides with oil, season and griddle (chargrill), turning a few times until completely tender (you could also do this in a non-stick frying pan). It’s important to get the aubergine as tender as possible, so give it time.

    Remove the cinnamon stick and put a few spoonfuls of the sauce in the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Cover with the aubergine and mozzarella then repeat, ending with a thin layer of sauce (you’ll have roughly 3-4 layers). Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and golden.

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