Aromatic Aubergine Bake

Aromatic Aubergine Bake

First meze dish up is this delicious aubergine bake! This one, like most of the others, will taste amazing as a dish on it’s own, but also works fantastically in this meze banquet. The aubergine is gently spiced with something called rasel hanout, a middle eastern spice blend that works incredibly with earthy vegetables like aubergine, and will also work really well with courgette, squash and tomatoes. This dish will be a warming, nourishing taste to the banquet, which will balance well with the other lighter, sharper dishes.

Recipe

Makes 1 Mezze dish

Time: 10 minutes, plus cooking time

Ingredients

  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 tsp Rasel Hanout
  • 4 Vine tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 50g Feta
  • 25g Pomegranate seeds
  • A handful of Parsley to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Chop the aubergine into small chunks. Heat the oil in a pan and then add the aubergine. Brown it on all sides and then add the peppers and the rasel hanout. Stir to coat everything in the spice and then leave to soften for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then take off the heat. Season with a little salt and pepper and then tip the mix into an oven-proof serving dish.
  3. Arrange the tomatoes around the dish and then put the whole thing in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Once out of the oven sprinkle over the feta, pomegranate, and parsley and serve warm!

Thanks for reading!

Emma x

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