Italian Baked Aubergine

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Now after all that promotional stuff, let’s
get down to today’s recipe! I am always looking for Italian recipes to try and
I find that many of them are really simple, use just a few ingredients and rely
on fresh herbs for flavours.  Aubergine
(or eggplant or brinjal or melanzana
as the Italians call it) is widely used in Italian cooking – in salads,
appetisers and mains. This recipe for Italian Baked Aubergines came from
Good Food Magazine’s August issue (India edition) and is quite easy. While on
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This recipe serves 2 people.
You’ll need:

  • 2 Aubergines (use the long, slender variety)
  • 4 medium sized Tomatoes, grated or blanched
    & peeled
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • A small bunch of Basil leaves
  • Salt & Pepper


How to:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Slice the aubergines into halves (length-wise)
    and score them on the fleshy side.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle some
    olive oil on top.


  • Bake for 30 minutes. You can cover it with
    foil if you wish.
  • While the aubergines are baking, in a pan
    roast the chopped garlic and then add olive oil. Lightly fry; they should not
    turn brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook down. Add most of
    the basil leaves and give it a quick stir.


  • Remove the aubergines from the oven and top
    with the tomato sauce.


  • Grate some parmigiano
    over them and return to the oven.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven & garnish with the
    rest of the basil leaves. Serve as an appetiser or a side dish.



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