Aromatic aubergines

Yield: 2 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 Good-sized aubergines quartered and sliced
Olive oil for frying
75 grams GruyŠre; sliced very thinly
1 large Onion; sliced very thinly
2 tablespoons Olive oil
400 grams Canned tomatoes drained & finely chopped
1 Bay leaf
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Orange peel, grated
1 Pinch of saffron
1 Garlic clove; crushed
Salt

TOMATO SAUCE

Serves 2-3

In this delectable dish, sauteed slices of aubergine are covered with an aromatic tomato sauce and baked with a topping of cheese. It makes a wonderful meal served with a tossed salad and some fresh granary rolls.

Soften the onion in the oil for about 10 minutes, covered, until translucent but not browned. Stir in the tomatoes and add the herbs, orange peel, saffron, garlic and salt. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, then liquidize and leave to stand over a very low heat while you prepare the aubergines.Saut‚ the aubergine slices in olive oil until browned on both sides. Drain and dry on kitchen paper.Arrange the aubergine slices in layers, covering each layer with the tomato sauce and topping with the cheese slices. Cover with foil and bake at 190 degrees C / 375 degrees F / gas 5 for 20 minutes.

Copyright Rosamond Richardson 1996 Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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