Aubergines are often missed out on the shopping list so we're here to show you exactly what you can make with them so you'll think twice about buying these tasty and rather healthy veggies...
An aubergine might not be at the top of your shopping list but we’re here to show you exactly why they should be. You may think twice about buying these healthy and rather tasty veggies once you’ve seen some of these delicious dishes.
Aubergines can be combined with pretty much any ingredient to make a delicious family meal. Grilled or baked in the oven, this meaty vegetable is packed full of flavour – you only need to cook it to let it out.
Slices of grilled aubergine are great scattered in a salad or chunks of fresh aubergine can be baked in a pie or tart to add a delicious texture to your dish. The meaty texture also makes it a good vegetarian substitute if you want to try a few meat-free meals.
Aubergine is easy to prepare too. Just wash under the tap, cut the top off and then slice into chunks or dice however you wish to cook it.
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Aubergine is a great addition to pasta – be it lasagne sheets, penne or spaghetti. They’ll make give your pasta dish a rich flavour, make it nice and filling and will contribute to your 5-a-day too. Gently cook your aubergines before adding to pasta or leave to absorb all the classic flavours in a lasagne or pasta bake.
Try aubergines in these pasta recipes:
Tender slices of aubergine will really transform your salad from plain and boring to vibrant and flavoursome. Cooked quickly on a griddle pan with a light drizzling of oil, aubergine can be added to your salad hot or cold and can be combined with a variety of ingredients including mixed salad leaves, pine nuts and croutons.
Try aubergines in these salad recipes:
Bake your aubergine to release its natural flavours. Topped with grated cheese or tossed in a homemade sauce, slices of aubergine can be baked for a hearty and filling meal and are delicious when combined with other veggies like tomatoes, onion and spinach. Cooking your aubergine in a bake is also a great way of avoiding washing up as you can simply put all of your ingredients into one pot and stick in the oven.
Try aubergines in these bake recipes:
Aubergine sliders make a great alternative to veggie burgers. They’re really easy to rustle up and are the perfect base for classic burger toppings like melted cheese and salsa. Serve on a bed of salad leaves or sandwiched between two buns, these veggie ‘burgers’ are so versatile, you could even use them instead of potatoes on a cottage pie or bake.
Try these aubergine sliders:
Turn your aubergine into a work of art, or should we say, tart. Roasted with other veggies like peppers and mushrooms, aubergines really do shine. Spoon on top of your tart base and cook in the oven until the pastry has gone a golden brown colour. The aubergine flesh will stay soft and sweet and the skin will crisp giving your tart a delicious bite of flavour.
Try aubergines in these tart recipes:
Aubergine can be cooked down and turned into a delicious dip or spread for toast or sarnies. Roasting slices in the oven to start with will make sure they are still bursting with flavour. You then pop them into a blender with a handful of spices or herbs and blitz to a smooth paste – it’s that simple! Baba ganoush is a famous Middle Eastern dip made with mashed aubergine, tahini and lemon juice.
Try aubergines in these spread/sandwich topper recipes:
Bored of the same old mashed potato? Swap it for aubergine instead or add aubergine to the mix. Not only will it give your mash a new flavour, it’ll give it a different colour too making it that little bit more exciting for the kids to eat. Aubergine mashed and served on its own is creamy and delicious, just bake in the oven until soft and spoon out the centre and mash.
Try aubergines in these mashed recipes:
- Get the recipe: Lemongrass monkfish with aubergine mash
- Add roasted aubergine to our classic mash potato recipe
Just like peppers, aubergines are one of those veggies that can be stuffed and eaten as a light dinner or hearty lunch. Scoop out the middle and mix with a variety of ingredients including minced beef, rice or couscous and bake in the skin. Our favourite baked aubergine recipe below uses freshly chopped tomatoes and a mixture of spices to give this fleshly veg a new lease of life.
Try this stuffed baked aubergine recipe:
Give your nut roast even more flavour by adding aubergine to the mix. Our favourite recipe, by Mary Berry, uses the impressive, shiny skin of the aubergine as a topping, keeping the mixture of the nut roast together firmly in the loaf tin. The aubergine is thinly sliced lengthways to make ribbons and is cooked gently before being roasted.
Try this aubergine nut roast recipe:
Aubergine is simple to cook and filling too which makes it the perfect vegetarian option when it comes to rustling up a curry. Cut into thin slices and fry lightly for about 10 mins until soft before adding the rest of your ingredients to make your curry. This will ensure your aubergine is cooked slightly so it can absorb the flavours from the curry sauce.
Try aubergines in these curry recipes: