Aubergine melts

Aubergine melts

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Choose a glossy, plump aubergine to make this warming vegetarian main course

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
213
protein
9g
carbs
7g
fat
17g
saturates
6g
fibre
4g
sugar
6g
salt
0.41g

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 aubergines, halved lengthways
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 x 150g ball mozzarella, drained
  • handful basil leaves

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Method

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Drizzle the oil over the aubergine and bake in the oven for 25 mins until softened. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and mozzarella, then arrange on top of the aubergine. Return to oven for another 5 mins or until the cheese has melted. Scatter over some basil leaves. Serve with couscous and green salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2006

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sansviande's picture
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I did make some changes to this as have other posters, and it was yummy - meat eater husband loved it too.
definitely use good quality tomatoes - vine ripened are best. I sliced toms, drizzled some oil over them, and sprinkled them with sea salt, dried basil and black pepper.

after initially cooking aubergines, I smeared them with a little red tom paste (or pesto would be good) put the oil drizzled toms on top, and cooked for further 15-20 mins, (so toms get soft & juicy)before adding the mozzarella and torn fresh basil - then cooked for about 15 mins more.

served with green salad and home made flavoured couscous (with flaked almonds or marcona almonds)

As our aubergineswere quite fat, I sliced lengthways into 4 slices

This made the aubergines even softer as they cooked quicker because thinner

an oozing, unctious, juicy meal

pigkate's picture
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This is such an easy recipe and it turned out really well. I added some dried Italian herbs and used really good, sweet tomatoes which I think is important otherwise it might taste a bit bland or too tart. In future I will play around with it a bit too: add some garlic or chilli or some different herbs and spices - this could make it a bit more interesting.

roisinmurfee's picture

The original recipe looked a little bland so I made a few changes. Lashings of pepper ground onto the aubergine when baking and I chopped the tomatoes and cooked them with half a large onion, a red chilli, garlic, handful of olives, and a few pine nuts. I used cheddar cheese as that's what I had and it was perfect. Served it with a large dollop of creme fraiche which really made it for me, and a small bit of cous cous. With the changes it was absolutely delicious and was a very filling and satisfying main course. I'd normally always have meat and didn't miss it at all.

wildbluesun's picture
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Very simple and yummy lunch. I used baby aubergines and ate them on toast to add a bit of crunch.

dylanski's picture
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Took the previous advices and instead of just using sliced tomatoes, I chopped them and made a chunky sauce with garlic, onion & puree. Tested fine, but not easy to eat

littlebabynothing's picture
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I really enjoyed these! Suprisingly filling and I'll agree with the 'quite meaty' comment too! Will defo be doing them again.

jmistovski's picture
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I make this again and again - healthy :)

mhairi's picture
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I made this recipe last night as a starter (we had one half of the aubergine each). I added a few turns of black pepper and Tabasco Sauce to give it a wee kick! I also used half fat Mozzarella. Absolutely fantastic, relatively healthy, easy to make, tasty and surprisingly filling!

bawlerd's picture
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this was beyond bland. urgh!

meg_86's picture

noticed these a while ago and wanted to try them ever since, however was a bit disappointed! not as nice as they look

yasmine1991's picture

i put the aubergine on toasted bread then baked in the oven, i also fried off onions and garlic in butter with a few more herbs and put that on top of the tomatoe then i finally put the cheese on and baked it. turned out GREAT!!! i thought the proper recipe was a bit boring and wasnt that tasty so adding a few of my own things to spice it up turned out lovely. i suggest you try my one out.

tashamurphy's picture
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Easy to follow recipe, and looked delicious, but didn't taste so good. I was very disappointed- maybe I had a bad aubergine?

catcooks's picture
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Made for veggie guests. Looked v pretty and was easy enough to do while catering for 12 people. Not sure it tasted as lovely as it looked but good result considering how quick and easy it is to cook.

llighton's picture
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Very disappointing. Tasted like an aubergine with sliced tomato and a bit of melted goo on top. Will not be making this again.

groovyabe39's picture
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very bland, a bit disappointed

mrspenguin's picture

Absolutely delicious!

I loved it but I added some thinly sliced red onion on top of the cheese and tomato which really made a difference.

I will definately make this again

clarabellski's picture
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Easy to make, but make sure you use good quality tomatoes, perhaps even smaller cherry vine tomatoes, to really get that flavour into the dish.

hexane's picture

Very easy to make and very tasty. I sprinkled some finely chopped garlic onto the top of the cheese and tomatoes.

hunterslight's picture

As my husband is less keen on aubergine,I used 2 courgettes,roasted for 35mins at 180 in a fan oven, adding mozzarella for the last 5 mins. I roasted cherry tomatoes for 15 mins,and put them on top of the cheese before serving.Instead of couscous,to make it gluten free, I served hot quinoa, mixed with peppers,and onion, cooked slowly in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with peas.Very tasty.

teablossom's picture

Very disapointed with this one,thought it was really bland.

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