Recipe

Greek-style baked eggplant

Packed with flavour.

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Eggplant roasted with a flavour-packed breadcrumb filling with olives, fetta and capsicum and tasty yoghurt dressing creates a delicious low-carb meal.

Ingredients

Greek baked eggplant
  • 4 small (920g) eggplants, halved lengthways
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium (170g) red onion , chopped finely
  • 2 (150g) stalk celery, trimmed, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves finely chopped
  • 1 large red capsicum (bell pepper) (350g), chopped finely
  • 2 medium (150g) roma (egg) tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 100 gram fetta, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup (100g) pitted black olives, chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup (55g) panko (japanese) breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup (60g) parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lebanese cucumber (130g), grated coarsely
  • 1 cup (280g) greek-style yoghurt
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, extra

Method

Greek baked eggplant
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan forced). Line two oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Using a small knife, cut a 1cm (½-inch) border inside each eggplant half, scoop out the flesh without breaking the skin. Reserve flesh for another use. Place eggplant shells, cut-side-up on oven trays, cover with foil. Bake 25 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, cook onion, celery, garlic and oregano, stirring, 3 minutes or until soft. Add capsicum, cook, stirring, 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in tomato, rind and juice, remove from heat. Stir in fetta and olives, season to taste.
  • 4
    Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley in a small bowl, season to taste.
  • 5
    Reduce oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
  • 6
    Meanwhile, combine cucumber and yoghurt in a small bowl; season to taste.
  • 7
    Spoon capsicum mixture into eggplant halves;,op with breadcrumb mixture. Bake 25 minutes or until eggplant is tender. Drizzle with remaining oil before serving.
  • 8
    Serve eggplant drizzled with remaining oil and topped with yoghurt mixture, extra parsley and pepper.

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