Charred eggplant

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Ripe tomatoes; bases scored
1 ounce Butter
1 medium Onion; chopped
1 tablespoon Sherry
1 teaspoon Sugar; powdered
2 tablespoons Tomato puree
4 mediums Eggplants
2 tablespoons Salt
3 tablespoons Olive oil
4 ounces Almonds; ground
2 smalls Red chiles; sliced
1 large Bunch fresh coriander; chopped
1 large Lemon; juice only
2 ounces Parmesan cheese; grated

Put the tomatoes in a large bowl, cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 15 seconds, drain and peel off skins. Halve, remove seeds, chop flesh.

Melt butter in a frying pan and fry onion for 3 mins. Add tomatoes, sherry, sugar and puree. Stir well, cover, simmer for 5 mins. Season, set aside.

Cut eggplants lengthways into ¼ inch thick slices. Put in colander, sprinkle all over with salt. Set aside for 20 mins. Rinse well under cold running water, pat dry with kitchen paper. Arrange on greased baking sheets and brush with olive oil. Broil under a high heat for 12-14 mins, turning once, until charred on both sides.

Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. For stuffing, stir together almonds, chilies, coriander, lemon juice and parmesan. Season with salt.

Reassemble eggplants, fan out slices on 2 greased baking sheets. Spoon stuffing over each eggplant fan and cook for 7 mins or until golden.

Meanwhile, put half tomato sauce in a food processor or blender, process until smooth. Put smooth and coarse sauces into one pan and heat gently.

Lift eggplants onto warmed plates using a fish slice and drizzle a little of the tomato sauce over each.

Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 232 by RecipeLu <recipelu@...> on Nov 09, 1997

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