Summer aubergine lasagne

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the aubergine

1 aubergine
2 eggs, beaten with 1 tsp water
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsps dried oregano
2 tbsps dried parsley leaves
2 tbsps garlic powder
Olive oil, for frying
15-30g butter, depending on taste

For the vinaigrette

120ml red wine vinegar
12 tbsps olive oil
Scant 1/4 cup chopped peppadew peppers
2 tbsps sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup mint leaves
2 tbsps Italian parsley leaves
Minced garlic
Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 (450g) box lasagne noodles
450g ball fresh mozzerella cheese, cubed or shredded
1/2 cup basil leaves
Cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, tossed with some vinaigrette, for garnish
1) Peel and slice the aubergine and salt it in a colander. Cover with paper towels and a tea kettle that is full and heavy. Let stand for about 1 hour until moisture is released. This first step is very important to remove any bitterness.

2) Batter the aubergine by dipping first in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumbs seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic powder. (If you need to use shop-bought seasoned breadcrumbs omit salt and pepper.)

3) In a deep-sided frying pan heat the olive oil to 180C. Add a little butter (for flavour) and fry the aubergine in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

4) Make the vinaigrette of red wine vinegar, olive oil, chopped peppadews, sugar, oregano and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5) Chop the mint and Italian parsley.

6) Spoon 2 tablespoons vinaigrette in the bottom of a large bowl. Layer aubergine slices with the chopped mint, parsley and the vinaigrette. Top with more of the vinaigrette and marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (Cook's note: you can also add to the layers more minced garlic and grated Parmesan.)

7) Boil the lasagne sheets with a little oil, so that they do not stick, and some salt, to impart some flavour.

8) In a beautiful serving dish layer marinated aubergine, lasagne sheets, fresh mozzarella, basil and finally drizzle with the vinaigrette. Repeat until all the layers are formed, making sure that the lasagne sheet is not the last layer. Garnish with cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve at room temperature for the best summer lasagne. Manga!!!

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