Recipe by ThatSouthernBelle
From the July 10, 2009 issue of Athens Plus magazine. This recipe is from Dina Nikolaou.
- 3 large eggplants, cut in 1 cm slices
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
- 8 ripe tomatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 300 g goat's cheese, grated
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped or 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
Directions See How It's Made
- Put the eggplant slices in a colander, salt well and leave for at least half an hour until they sweat, to remove the bitterness. It will also prevent them from absorbing too much oil while cooking.
- Rinse with cold water, dry with kitchen paper and lay on a baking tray.
- Brush the slices on both sides with the olive oil and grill on the highest shelf in the oven for 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Remove and set aside.
- Heat the onion and garlic in 2-3 tablespoons of water in a large frying pan, add the tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of oil and stir.
- Add the oregano and thyme, season and simmer (at 3 on a scale of 1-9 or at 1 on a scale of 1-3) for about six minutes or until the sauce thickens a little.
- Remove from the hob and add the fresh herbs (parsley, basil).
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Lightly oil a deep baking dish (about 30x22 cm), add a layer of eggplant and sprinkle with half the cheese.
- Then add a layer of sauce, continue with the rest of the eggplant slices and then the rest of the cheese.
- Add the rest of the sauce and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.