Plate Expectations: Feta and Mint Aubergine Rolls
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Plate Expectations: Feta and Mint Aubergine Rolls

Our in-house chef Denise Philips cooks up her latest culinary treat!

Denise Phillips is a Jewish cook and author

These aubergine rolls can be served as a tasty starter all year round: they are also perfect for picnics or in a lunch box.

The secret of the striped line appearance is to ensure the pan is hot when you fry them on a griddle pan or barbecue.

The pretty griddle lines will only appear if you leave the aubergine to cook for 2 to 3 minutes without turning.

If you sprinkle the aubergine slices with salt before cooking, this reduces the amount of oil they absorb.

The aubergine and filling can both be made in advance (the day before) and rolled the next day.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes, plus 20 minutes to salt 

Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6 people

Ingredients:

2 aubergines

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red chilli – deseeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste

1 large bunch of fresh mint – finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 lemon

300g feta cheese – crumbled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garnish: Sprigs of fresh mint

 

Method:

  • Slice the aubergines lengthways into about 10 slices each. Discard the 2 outside slices. Sprinkle with salt and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.
  • Brush both sides with olive oil and cook on a barbecue or griddle pan for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side or until lightly coloured.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
  • Place the deseeded, finely chopped chilli in a bowl with the fresh mint and the lemon juice.
  • Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir in the feta cheese.
  • Spread a little sun-dried paste onto the aubergine slice. Place a spoonful of the feta mixture on top and roll up. Secure with a cocktail stick.

To serve the stylish way: Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with sprigs of fresh mint and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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