I made these in the week when it was my turn to host the book club, and they went down a treat. I just love soft aubergines in anything but pairing them with another favourite – feta – is just heaven!
You hardly need a recipe, but since Simon Hopkinson has already provided one, I have adapted it below.
This dish works both for lunch and dinner and would look great on a buffet too. It suits more casual gatherings, picnics or a more upscale dinner party. Meet the equivalent of your favourite LBD. Just dress it up or down to suit the occasion.
Grilled aubergine with garlic, parsley and feta, serves 4
Adapted from Simon Hopkinson’s recipe.
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
handful parsley, finely chopped
5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or coldpressed rapeseed oil)
a little salt, more black pepper
150 g feta
1 lemon, for serving
Turn the grill on high or the oven on 225-250C.
Run a small, sharp knife round the top of the aubergine, 1cm/½in or so below the stalk and only just cutting through the skin; then make four evenly spaced, similarly shallow cuts, along the length of the aubergine right down to the end.
Grill the aubergines in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn them every 5-7 minutes if you use the grill. They’re done when they’re soft all the way through.
Let them rest for 2 minutes.
Peel the skin off the aubergines. Without cutting right through the stalk end, cut the aubergines in half lengthways and gently prise apart until you have two horizontal halves remaining attached at the top end.
Mix garlic and parsley with olive oil and spoon over the aubergines. Add a little salt and plenty of black pepper. Crumble the feta on top and add some more oil if you like. Serve with lemon wedges.