Summer aubergine lasagne

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

For the aubergine

1 aubergine
2 eggs, beaten with 1 tsp water
150g plain breadcrumbs
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried parsley leaves
100g grated Parmesan
2 tbsp garlic powder
Olive oil, for frying
15 go 30g butter, depending on taste

For the vinaigrette/marinade

125ml red wine vinegar
250ml olive oil
40g chopped peppadew peppers
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 to 2 garlic cloves pressed through a garlic press
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
15g mint leaves, chopped
2 tbsp Italian parsley leaves, chopped
Minced garlic, optional
Grated Parmesan, optional

For the assembly

450g lasagne noodles
450g fresh mozzerella cheese, cubed or shredded
15g basil leaves
Cherry or grape tomatoes, halved and tossed with some vinaigrette, for garnish
1) Peel and slice the aubergine and salt it in a colander. Cover with kitchen paper and a tea kettle that is full and heavy. Leave to stand for about 1 hour until moisture is released. This first step is very important to remove any bitterness.

2) Place the beaten egg in a shallow dish. Mix the breadcrumbs with the salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, Parmesan and garlic powder and place in a second shallow dish.

3) Batter the aubergine by dipping first in beaten eggs, then in the seasoned breadcrumbs. (If you need to use store-bought seasoned bread crumbs omit the salt and pepper.)

4) 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 kitchen paper and set aside.

5) To make the vinaigrette, mix the red wine vinegar, olive oil, peppadews, sugar, oregano and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

6) Spoon 2 tbsp of the vinaigrette into the bottom of a large bowl. Layer the 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. (You can also add more minced garlic and grated Parmesan to the layers.)

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

8) In a beautiful serving dish layer the marinated aubergine and the noodles, then sprinkle with some fresh mozzarella, then the basil and finally drizzle with the vinaigrette.

9) Repeat until all the layers are formed, making sure that the pasta 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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