Recipe

Baked eggplant

Wholesome, hearty whole baked eggplants - a healthy yet delicious option for dinner tonight!

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Baked eggplant
  • 2 large (900g) eggplants
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium (150g) brown onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 medium (240g) zucchini, chopped
  • 4 large (400g) roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil
  • 1 bunch rocket
  • 250 gram tub cherry bocconcini

Method

Baked eggplant
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    Cut the eggplants in half lengthways. Cut a 1cm border around the edge of the eggplant flesh, then score the cut surfaces with a deep criss-cross pattern. Using a large spoon, scoop out the eggplant flesh, leaving the 1cm shell. Chop the flesh finely; transfer to bowl, sprinkle with the salt and stand for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic and rosemary, stirring, until onion is soft and lightly golden. Add the zucchini and tomato. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, squeeze chopped eggplant of any excess liquid. Add eggplant to the tomato mixture and cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until the excess liquid has evaporated. Season to taste, then stir in the basil.
  • 5
    Place the eggplant shells on the prepared tray. Fill with the vegetable mixture.
  • 6
    Bake for about 45 minutes or until the shells are tender.
  • 7
    Serve with rocket and bocconcini.

Notes

Not suitable to freeze or microwave.

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