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Aubergine Timbale

These lovely looking individual aubergine bakes make delicious vegetarian starters for a dinner party, but if you fancy a larger portion, just adapt the recipe and cook in a baking dish (although you may require more aubergines for this). If you want to save some time, arrange the timbale in the ramekins or baking dish beforehand and chill, then cook in the oven for when they’re required.

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Aubergine Timbale

Prep Time:

1hr 15mins

Serving:

Serves 4 People

Cost:

£0.74 per Person

Difficulty:

Medium

  • Ingredients

    4tbsp Olive oil
    2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
    2 400g Tins Chopped Tomatoes
    2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
    1tbsp Brown Sugar
    2 Large Aubergines
    125g Ricotta Cheese
    Salt and Pepper

How to Cook

1. Heat your oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5.

2. Top and tail the aubergines, the slice in rounds that are 1cm thick. Season and brush each side using half the olive oil, then place on a non-stick baking tray and cook for 30 minutes until soft and golden. Leave to one side.

3. While you are waiting for the aubergines, make your tomato sauce by heating the remaining oil in a frying pan, then cooking the garlic for a few seconds before pouring in the tomatoes. Bring to the boil then add the thyme, sugar and seasoning. Keep on a high simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes, so the sauce thickens. When ready, remove the sprigs of thyme and add further seasoning if required.

4. Brush 4 ramekins with oil, then cover the base of each with a cooked aubergine slice. Top with a spoonful of ricotta followed by a spoonful of tomato sauce and then another aubergine slice. Repeat until you have a full ramekin topped with aubergine.

5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Once they have cooled slightly, carefully turn upside down until the timbale comes loose and serve.



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