I love skillet type of meals . . . one dish affairs that you can cook and bake all in one skillet. This Aubergine (Eggplant) Parmesan is a real favourite of ours. It's a meatless dish . . . just the aubergines, cheese and a delicious sauce in this one. It is a bit lower in calories also as there is no breading and frying involved which also makes it gluten free for those of you who are into that sort of thing.
You start off by creating a delicious tomato sauce . . . using tinned chopped tomatoes, garlic, herbs, etc. and while that is cooking down, you slice your aubergines, season them, drizzle with olive oil and roast them in the oven until they are just beginning to soften and turn golden brown on the edges.
The roasted aubergine and tomato sauce are layered in a deep skillet, along with lots of grated cheese and then baked in the oven until the whole dish is meltingly, oozingly, deliciously melded into something quite, quite irresistible. I served it with some spaghetti (for Ariana and myself) and the Toddster had his with potatoes. You can lead a horse to water . . . but you can't always make him drink. This really is delicious people. I hope you will give it a go.
*Skillet Aubergine Parmesan*Serves 4
This is a delicious and easy version of the much beloved casserole. There is no frying so it is a tiny bit healthier, or at least I like to think it is.
olive oil180g of grated Parmesan Cheese (1 cup)
Remove them from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.
It helps to have the right kind of a skillet for a dish like this and this time I used a 10 1/4 inch Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge which was sent to me from the people at Eddingtons. I love cooking with Cast Iron. A good cast iron pan will last you a lifetime if you treat it properly.
Lodge Cast Iron Pans are American made since 1896
- The right tool to sear, saute, bake, broil, braise or fry.
- Brutally tough for decades of cooking.
- Seasoned for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use.
- Easy care, simply hand wash, dry and rub with cooking oil.
- Unparalled in heat retention and even eating.
- At home in the oven, on the stove, on the grill or over the campfire.
What more can I say. I love it. For years I have been wanting to bring one back to the UK with me when I have visited home, but the weight has meant I couldn't. (You can only have a certain weight of luggage before they start charging extra!) I was so pleased when Eddingtons sent this to me. Happy. Happy. Happy.
Available at Ocado for £27.90
Many thanks to Miriam and Eleanor from Shrewd and Eddingtons for sending me this lovely pan! I plan on using it for many years to come, and it's nice to know that if I treat it properly I can.