Aubergine, Tomato And Cheese Bake

Aubergine, Tomato And Cheese Bake

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Servings: 6
Calories: 166

Ingredients
 

  • 2 1/4 lb aubergines
  • 1 3/4 lb tinned tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 dried chilli pepper
  • 2 mozzarella cheeses
  • 5 oz freshly grated hard cheese
  • 1 large sprig basil
  • generous pinch oregano
  • light olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Make the tomato sauce: saute the garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil until pale golden brown; crumble in the chilli pepper (discard the seeds if you prefer a less peppery dish). Seed the tomatoes and chop coarsely; add to the garlic and chilli with a pinch of salt. Stir.
  • Cover the saucepan and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring every now and then. Towards the end of this time, add a generous pinch of oregano.
  • While the tomatoes are simmering, prepare and fry the aubergines. Trim off the ends, peel and slice lengthwise just under 1/4 in (approx. 1/2 cm) thick. Heat plenty of oil in a deep-fryer to 350°F (180°C) and fry a few slices at a time; alternatively, shallow-fry them. They should be pale golden brown but not crisp or dry.
  • Drain well, spread out on kitchen paper to finish draining and sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Thinly slice the mozzarella. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) mark 6.
  • Lightly oil a wide, shallow ovenproof dish or small roasting tin, cover the bottom with a layer of aubergine slices, sprinkle with a little of the sauce and with some of the grated hard cheese. Top with a sprinkling of some of the basil leaves, torn into small pieces, and with some mozzarella slices. Keep layering in this way until you have used all the ingredients, finishing with a mozzarella layer.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes; finish by browning the top lightly under a very hot grill/broiler.
  • Serve at once.
Calories: 166 kcal
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Protein: 9 g
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Sodium: 159 mg
Potassium: 736 mg
Fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 10 g
Vitamin A: 1406 IU
Vitamin C: 23 mg
Calcium: 204 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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