• Aubergine and Mint bake

    Ingredients

    3 medium to large Aubergines

    Aubergine and Mint Bake

    This was taken just before it went into the oven.

    Vegetable oil for brushing

    400g can of plum or cherry tomatoes

    3 cloves of garlic finely chopped OR 3 heaped teaspoons of Very Lazy Garlic

    4 sprigs of fresh spearmint or fresh mint

    1 tbsp of butter

    salt and pepper

    200g Ricotta cheese

    100g Pecorino cheese (this is like parmesan but with added creaminess!)

    Baking tin: I used 30 x 20 cm but a smaller tin would work too.

    Method

    Cut the aubergines into slices about 15mm wide.

    Put them in a plastic bag and add one 1 tbsp of salt. (Don’t worry this gets rinsed off later.)

    Seal the bag and squish the contents around in your hands so that the aubergine gets covered in salt.

    Pierce the bottom of the bag several times and leave it on a draining board or in a sink for about half an hour.

    A liquid will  come from the aubergines.
    Meanwhile prepare the sauce:

    Cook the garlic in a pan for a couple of minutes ensuring it doesn’t burn. Add the tinned tomatoes and butter and leave for a few minutes on a low heat. Add the chopped mint leaves (not the stalk) and salt and pepper to taste.

    Pre-heat the oven to 190 C or 170 C Fan

    Rinse the salt off the aubergines and place on kitchen towel. Brush them with the vegetable oil and place in a layer on the bottom of the tin. You may have enough for two layers. Pour the tomato mixture over it.

    Optional: I added some tomato puree mixed with half a cup of hot water at this stage to add more liquid but this is optional depending on how saucy you want it.

     Add the Ricotta in small dollops and then sprinkle the grated Pecorino on top.

    Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 mins. Make sure the aubergine is soft.

    Enjoy! Yum! For carnivores, add lamb chops.

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