Baked Aubergine

This is a lighter, healthier version of the traditional Greek Papoutsakia with all its tomato and cheese. The recipe is vegan and is a wonderful way of boosting one’s fibre intake.

3-4 large aubergine
45ml olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
30ml thyme leaves
4 medium zucchini/baby marrows, finely chopped
100g baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 pomegranate, deseeded

Preheat your oven to 190℃.
Cut the aubergine in half lengthwise.
Insert a small sharp knife 0,5cm from the skin on the cut side and cut around the outside of the aubergine, taking care not to break the skin.
Now score a diamond pattern on the flesh, cutting as deep down as you can without piercing the skin. Gently loosen and scoop out the flesh.
Place the halved aubergine on a baking sheet and set aside.
Set a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil to it.
Add the onion and fry until soft.
Add the garlic and stir-fry for another minute.
Turn the heat down to medium and add the thyme, zucchini, baby spinach and chopped aubergine flesh that you scooped out earlier.
Cook until the spinach is wilted – about 3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and spoon the mixture into the aubergine halves.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Scatter a handful of pomegranate seeds on the baked aubergine and serve.

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