- 2 medium aubergines, halved lengthways
Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 225g mushroom, sliced
The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…
- 350g fresh spinach, washed
Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
- 50g vegetarian Parmesan -style cheese, grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 6 tbsp fromage frais
- 3 tbsp fresh white breadcrumb
- grated zest 1 lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 25g pine nut, toasted
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the aubergine halves and cook for 4-5 mins. Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
Place the aubergines on a baking tray, brush with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and cook for 20-25 mins until tender and golden. Scoop out the flesh (leaving about 15mm of flesh attached to the skin), then roughly chop.
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large frying pan, then cook the onion and garlic for 4-5 mins until the onion has softened. Add the aubergine flesh to the pan and fry for a few mins, add the mushrooms, then cook for about 5 mins until browned and tender. Add the spinach and cook for 3-4 mins until wilted, stirring frequently.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheese, fromage frais and seasoning to taste.
In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, pine nuts, parsley and seasoning.
Spoon the spinach mixture into the aubergine halves and sprinkle the top of each with the breadcrumb mixture. Return to the oven and cook for 10-15 mins until the topping is golden.