Baked Baby Lemon And Garlic Aubergines, With A Mint And Sweet Chilli Vinaigrette

thumb_IMG_3052_1024If you are an aubergine enthusiast, then this one is for you! Did you know, that it is technically a berry/ fruit, but is eaten as a vegetable?

This recipe is simply inspired from my freshly picked gorgeous baby aubergines. I can highly recommend growing them, as they produce an extraordinary amount of fruit, which seems to never end. Quite frankly, I think that there is nothing more satisfying than growing and eating my own vegetables.

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The sweet, minty vinaigrette is absorbed passionately by these baked beauties. And I must add that lemon and garlic are definitely in the same friendship circle as the aubergine. Try this dish with some roast chicken or beef and a gorgeous crispy green salad.

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Ingredients –

Serves 4 (As a side dish)

  • 24 baby aubergines
  • 1 lemon – very thinly sliced and then cut into halves
  • 2 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1-cup ricotta – for garnish at end
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Chilli flakes – optional

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Vinaigrette –

  •  4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove – crushed
  • 11/2 Tbsp. finely chopped mint
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sweet chilli
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 Tsp salt

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Recipe –

  • Pre heat oven to 225 degrees Celsius
  • Slice the aubergines – not all the way through, keep the top intact
  • Place a half a slice lemon, a slice of garlic and a parsley leaf in the slit
  • Carefully roll them in olive oil so that they are well coated
  • Sprinkle with the salt and pepper
  • Bake covered with foil for 40 minutes
  • Remove the foil and bake for a further 40 – 45 minutes until the skins become partially charred
  • Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the hot aubergines ensuring that the dressing gets into the slits
  • Sprinkle with some chili flakes and chopped parsley
  • Add the ricotta
  • Serve hot or cold

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