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BAKED AUBERGINE STUFFED WITH ITSELF AND SOME OTHER STUFF

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I invented this one on the fly one evening with whatever was available in the house.


What you need (to feed two)

  1. 2 aubergines (also called eggplants or brinjals)

  2. 150g bacon

  3. 1 onion

  4. 1 sweet green pepper

  5. 1 handful of raisins

  6. 1 medium size potato

  7. Some parmesan cheese

  8. 1 clove of garlic

  9. A gob of butter

  10. A splash of milk

  11. 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  12. 1 teaspoon of salt

  13. A pinch of pepper

  14. A pinch of cumin

  15. Some tin foil

What you do

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220 Celsius.

  • Boil the potato in a bigger pot than is necessary for just one potato until it is soft.

  • Slice the aubergines in two, top to bottom.

  • Scoop out the softer flesh on the inside, leaving about 1cm of flesh under the skin.

  • Chop up the bacon, onion, scooped aubergine flesh, green pepper and garlic in small pieces.

  • Fry the bacon half-way in a saucepan.

  • Add the aubergine flesh, onions and garlic to the saucepan and fry until soft  – add a bit of oil if things get too dry. Add pepper and cumin to taste.

  • Add the green pepper and raisins and fry everything a bit more.

  • Drain the water from the big pot, mash up the potato in the pot, adding a little milk and/or butter to make it nice and sticky.

  • Add the contents of the saucepan to the mashed potato and stir everything together so that it is all nice and mixed up.

  • Rub the insides of the aubergines with olive oil and then lightly sprinkle with salt.

  • Line the insides of the aubergines with grated parmesan cheese.

  • Scoop the stuffing from the pot into the halved aubergines. Tamp it down tightly with the back of a spoon so that the stuffing is flush with the top of the aubergines.

  • Put the matching halves together so that the aubergines look whole again and wrap each one tightly in tinfoil, shiny side on the inside.

  • Pop them in the oven for 30 minutes.

  • Unwrap the aubergines (the skin should be moist and soft enough to slice with a table knife) and separate the halves.

  • Sprinkle some grated parmesan over everything as a finishing touch, and it’s done!

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