- 4 aubergines
Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…
- 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and drizzling
- 125g feta, crumbled
A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…
- 175g Greek yogurt
- 1-2 green chillies (depending on how hot you like it), halved, deseeded and very finely sliced
Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…
- small bunch of dill, roughly chopped
For the tarator
- 30g coarse white country bread, roughly torn
- 4 tbsp milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 50g blanched almonds
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- ½ lemon, juiced
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Brush the aubergines with a little of the oil and put them on a baking sheet. Pierce each one a few times with a fork, then roast in the oven for 45 mins – 1 hr (it depends on the size of the aubergines), until completely tender.
Meanwhile, make the tarator. Put the bread in a bowl and leave to soak in the milk for about 30 mins. Tip into a food processor with the nuts, garlic and lemon juice, and blend, gradually adding 85ml of the extra virgin olive oil. Season and add a little water if you want the mixture to be thinner (it shouldn’t be thick but it shouldn’t be as thin as single cream, either).
Mash the feta very roughly with the yogurt in a bowl. Split the aubergines open along their length and season the insides. Put them on individual plates or a larger serving plate, and drizzle a little bit of the remaining oil inside each one. Spoon over the feta and yogurt mixture, then top with the tarator (the tarator can splash down over the sides of the aubergines), the sliced chillies and the dill.
Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil over each aubergine and serve with flatbreads if it’s a starter, or as they are if it’s a side dish.
Ajoblanco (chilled almond & garlic soup)Mix any leftover almond tarator with some water and vinegar (sherry vinegar, if you have it) and a splash of olive oil. Blitz until smooth and season. Chill and serve.