French Tian D' Aubergines - Gratin of Aubergines/Eggplant

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 450 F/230 C or Gas Mark 8.
  • Lightly grease the Tian or an oven proof dish with olive oil.
  • Cook the aubergine slices in hot olive oil, turning as necessary until they are golden brown on both sides & well cooked through. Drain them well on absorbent paper & allow to cool before assembling the Tian.
  • Cheese Custard: Beat together the cottage cheese, grated Italian cheese, eggs & crème fraiche. Season with salt & black pepper to taste.
  • Mix the tinned tomatoes with the passata & add the grated or finely chopped garlic.
  • Now you can start to assemble the Tian – start with a little of the tomato sauce & then some aubergine slices; tear the basil leaves into small pieces & scatter over with basil flowers if available. Keep layering the dish with the tomato sauce & aubergines & fresh basil until all the ingredients have been used.
  • Pour over the cheese custard & decorate with the freshly sliced tomatoes. Bake in the oven for 35 – 45 minutes until golden brown & bubbling. Allow to cool & serve in slices. Delicious with fresh green salad leaves & crusty bread.
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