- KNOW YOUR VEG
attractive-looking dark, glossy purple vegetable is
often thought to be native to the Mediterranean but
in fact it was originally from Asia. Also known as
the eggplant, aubergines have a meaty
texture and a very subtle, but delicious earthy flavour.
Aubergines have the ability to absorb other flavours
and are often cooked with a selection of aromatic
spices and onions. They are a particularly popular
ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cookery.
When buying, look for plump, heavy aubergines with
a shiny, unblemished skin.
How To Use Aubergine
are always eaten cooked. They can be diced or sliced
and included in a variety of hearty dishes such
moussaka, ratatouille, roasted vegetables, curries
and dips. Aubergines can also be stuffed or sliced
and grilled or served as fritters. Flavours that
combine particularly well with aubergines include
garlic, tomatoes, peppers, cumin, coriander and
How To Prepare Aubergine
and top and tail, then slice, dice or split horizontally
if stuffing. Salting aubergines isn't essential
(in the past it was necessary to remove any bitter
juices, but modern varieties are not usually bitter)
but it can prevent them absorbing too much oil in
recipes where they are fried. If you choose to salt
them, place the prepared aubergine in a colander,
sprinkle salt evenly over the cut surfaces and leave
for about 30 minutes. Rinse under cold running water
and pat dry with kitchen towel before cooking.
How To Cook Aubergine
can be fried or baked. To fry aubergine slices,
coat them in flour, heat a little olive oil in a
frying pan and add the slices, cook stirring often
until browned and tender. To bake halved aubergines,
preheat the oven to 190°C, Gas mark 5, top with
a tomato sauce or slices of tomato and mozzarella
cheese and bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Aubergine
refrigerated after purchase.
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