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Weeknight Meal Recipe: Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Melanzane alla Parmigiana is my favourite Neapolitan dish, it's true comfort food for the soul and a perennial, seasonal favorite. It's making has become a family affair as my eldest scours the shrubs in search of our big black bounty.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 4 pounds eggplant (halved, then cut into thin slices)
  • olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (blanched, peeled and chopped)
  • 1 small onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • a handful of fresh basil (chopped)
  • 3/4 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella (torn)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano
  • lasagna sheets (optional)
  • pepper
  • salt
  • parsley (chopped)

Step 1: Add the chopped onion to a heated pan, fry until browned, 8-10 minutes, then add in garlic, fry for a minute before adding the tomatoes, reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, season with salt to taste.

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 350F, apply a thin layer of olive oil to each of the eggplant slices, arrange on a baking tray, sprinkle with salt and then bake for around 15 minutes until they start to brown.

Step 3: In an oven proof dish, add a layer of the eggplants, followed by a layer of tomato sauce, fresh basil, lasagna sheets (optional), Mozzarella, Parmigiano.  Repeat this layering until you end with layer of cheeses.

Step 4: Place the dish in the oven and baked for 15-20 minutes until golden and bubbly. Plate up and garnish with fresh parsley and pepper.

Enjoy!

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