Melanzane Parmigiano

Parmigiano Melanzano
Some rock on the left and roll on the right

I love aubergine and for me Parmigiano Melanzane is a total celebration of this incredible vegetable, in truth it is the Italian Cousin of the wonderful Greek dish Moussaka but leaves out the white sauce and minced lamb but it does also celebrate Parmesan……….a lot!

I’m not gonna lie to you…this is not a low-fat dish and the fact that I am presenting it here alongside a wonderfully clean and healthy salad in no way diminishes its luxuriousness so be warned…have a beach or mountain walk lined up after this.

Ingredients – serves 4

1 large aubergine
1 large red onion
4 large cloves of garlic
2 tins of top quality chopped tomatoes
Bread crumbs
1 ball of Mozzarella
1 block of Parmesan cheese
Dried Oregano
2 Anchovie fillets
1 tbs tomato puree
2 tbs caster sugar
Step 1
Run your knife through the onion and the garlic – the amount of garlic is my personal preference the more you use the sweeter your sauce.
Parmigiano
Finely chop onion and slice the garlic
Step 2
Lug up some olive oil in a wide pan and soften the garlic and onions – add the dried oregano
Melazane
Colour the onions
Step 3
Next add the tins of tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes – season and adjust as you need to. You can add some wine vinegar and sugar as an additional touch here – totally optional.
Parmagiano
Use only top quality toms
Step 4
Take the stalk of the aubergine and slice into 1 cm thick discs
Melazane
Slice and Dice
Step 5
The Italian side of my family deep fry their aubergine at this point and it is incredible but the other option is to simply brush with olive, season and grill.
Parmesan
Grill or BBQ
Step 6
Grill the aubergine on both sides until nicely charred and cooked through
Parmigiano
Char the Aubergine
Step 7
So I ain’t gonna lie, this is not a low fat dish so you better be a gym rat or at least be partial to the odd long walk on Dollymount. Grate the Parmesan and cube the Mozzarella.
Melanzane
Like I say – not low fat
Step 8
Take a roaster and just like lasagna layer the ingredients up – sauce, cheese, aubergine. You’ll get two layers here.
Melanzane
Layer like a Lasange
Step 9
Top the Mellanzane with the cubed Mozzarella, the breadcrumbs and whatever Parmesan you have left the roast at 200c until it bubbles and the bread crumbs turn golden
Top well
Top well

Serve with a really clean salad that way you’ll at least feel a little less guilty if you don’t hit a mountain 🙂

Parmagiano Melanzane
Parmagiano Melanzane

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