AUBERGINE PARMIGIANA RECIPE | JAMIE OLIVER RECIPES
Provided by: Jamie Oliver
Total time: 1 hours 30 minutes
|3 large firm aubergines|
|½ a bulb of spring garlic or 1 clove of regular garlic|
|1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano|
|2 x 400 g tins of quality plum tomatoes or 1kg fresh ripe tomatoes|
|1 bunch of fresh basil (30g)|
|3 large handfuls of Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)|
|2 handfuls of dried breadcrumbs|
|a few sprigs of fresh oregano|
|150 g buffalo mozzarella (optional)|
- Preheat a griddle pan or barbecue.
- Trim and slice the aubergines 1cm thick. Peel and finely chop the onion, and peel and finely slice the garlic.
- Place a large pan on a medium heat with 2 or 3 lugs of olive oil, add the onion, garlic and dried oregano, then cook for 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and the garlic has a tiny bit of colour.
- If you’re using tinned tomatoes, break them up, and if you’re using fresh tomatoes (which will obviously taste sweeter and more delicious, if they’re in season), very quickly prick each one and put them into a big pan of boiling water for 40 seconds. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and put them into a bowl of cold water for 30 seconds, then remove the skins, carefully squeeze out the pips and cut up the flesh.
- Add the tomato flesh or tinned tomatoes to the onion pan, give the mixture a good stir, then put a lid on and simmer slowly for 15 minutes, or until thickened and reduced.
- Grill the aubergines on both sides until lightly charred – you’ll need to work in batches.
- Season the tomato sauce carefully with sea salt, black pepper and a tiny swig of wine vinegar, then pick in the basil. You can leave the sauce chunky or you can purée it.
- Spoon a layer of tomato sauce into a 15cm x 25cm baking dish, then add a fine scattering of Parmesan, followed by a single layer of aubergines. Repeat these layers until you’ve used all the ingredients up, finishing with a little sauce and another good sprinkling of Parmesan.
- Pick and finely chop the oregano, then toss with the breadcrumbs and a little olive oil, then sprinkle on top of the Parmesan. Tear over the mozzarella (if using).
- Bake at 190°C/375°F/gas 5 for 30 minutes, or until golden, crisp and bubbly – it’s best eaten straight away, but it can also be served cold.
Calories 237 calories, FatContent 14.1 g fat, SaturatedFatContent 8.1 g saturated fat, ProteinContent 13.7 g protein, CarbohydrateContent 15.1 g carbohydrate, SugarContent 8.4 g sugar, SodiumContent 1 g salt, FiberContent 4 g fibre
AUBERGINE PARMESAN MILANESE | JAMIE OLIVER RECIPES
Provided by: Jamie Oliver
Total time: 30 minutes
|1 aubergine (250g)|
|2 large free-range eggs|
|100 g rosemary focaccia|
|20 g Parmesan cheese|
|150 g dried spaghetti|
|2 cloves of garlic|
|1 x 400 g tin of quality cherry tomatoes|
|½ a bunch of basil (15g)|
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
- Cut the skin off either side of the aubergine, then cut yourself four 1cm-thick slices lengthways (saving any offcuts for another day). Sprinkle the slices with sea salt, and spend a couple of minutes gently bashing and tenderizing them with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Take a piece of kitchen paper and dab off the liquid from both sides of the aubergine.
- Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Blitz the focaccia into fine crumbs in a food processor and pour on to a plate. Dip the aubergine slices in the egg, let any excess drip off, then dip each side in the crumbs.
- Fry in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 6 minutes, or until golden, turning halfway. Transfer to an oiled baking tray, finely grate over most of the Parmesan and pop into the oven.
- Cook the spaghetti in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions.
- Wipe out the frying pan, returning it to a medium-high heat with ½ a tablespoon of oil. Peel, finely slice and add the garlic. Fry until lightly golden, pour in the tomatoes, then swirl a splash of water around the tomato tin and into the pan.
- Pick the baby basil leaves and put aside, tear the rest into the sauce, season to perfection, then leave to simmer on a low heat.
- Once cooked, use tongs to drag the spaghetti straight into the sauce, letting a little starchy cooking water go with it. Toss together, then divide between plates. Sit the aubergine on top, grate over the remaining Parmesan and finish with the baby basil leaves.
Calories 688 calories, FatContent 24.8 g fat, SaturatedFatContent 5.7 g saturated fat, ProteinContent 28.6 g protein, CarbohydrateContent 92.5 g carbohydrate, SugarContent 12 g sugar, SodiumContent 1.6 g salt, FiberContent 9.3 g fibre