• Serves 8
  • Makes 8
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


Don’t let the oil scare you, you skim a lot off, and it is a mezze dish, the oil preserves the eggplant. It doesn’t taste oily…

Ingredients (serves 8 | makes 8 serves)

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped into small dice
  • 8 cloves garlic, crshed
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 x 400g tins diced tomatoes
  • salt for the eggplants


  1. Cut eggplant into 8mm thick slices, lay slices on paper towel, sprinkle both sides with salt. Leave for 10 minutes, then wipe off excess salt and moisture with paper towel
  2. Tomato Sauce - heat the oil in saucepan on medium heat, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, cook for 10 minutes, stirring. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and season to taste. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, or until a rich sauce forms.
  3. Shallow fry the eggplant in batches, until golden. Drain on paper towel
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Grease a sallow oven proof dish approx. 20 x 20 cm in size Spoon 1/3 tomato sauce onto dish, top with layer of eggplant, repeat process finishing with thin layer of tomato sauce
  5. Bake for 45minutes until crust has formed. Cool slightly and spoon off any excess oil, leaving a thin covering to protect the eggplant. Allow to cool. Store in fridge but bring to room temp to serve


Another recipe from the Monday Morning Cooking Club Cookbook. I haven't had a failure from it yet!

  • YUMMY this looks so delicious love eggplant


  • Oh I have a garden full of eggplant and this sounds yum Thankyou


  • Great little recipe thanks for sharing


  • Love different varieties of recipes to use for eggplants, great to have


  • looks like a nice and hearty dish.


  • I’ve always been hesitant with using eggplant. Will give this a go.


  • How do you serve this? My parents grow eggplant and it would be nice to prepare some for them.


  • I would love to try making this at home; it looks delicious and is such a great dish!.


  • I love your recipe,it look’s amazing!


  • I’ve never heard of a mezze. It looks and sounds amazing. A new way to eat eggplant


  • oh my sister in law would love this one!


  • i have never tried eggplant – I don’t know if it is because of all the prep work you need to do or if it is because of the name – something about it doesn’t appeal to me –

    I do like the sound of this dish though!


  • Eggplant is my absolutely favouritefood ever… this looks yum!


  • what a terrific vegetarian dinner! we are trying to cut back on meat and this would be fantastic!


  • Yummy I love eggplant – so delicious and so good to eat. Love the sound and the look of your recipe.

    • Like the recipe accompanied by the asparagus – like the colour it adds to the dish.


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