15 November 2016

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Creamy soft, golden-brown caramelised aubergines with a distinct perfume of thyme, finished with a little fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil and a couple of Maldon salt crystals for that extra crunch. 

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

These aubergines are extremely easy to make, with only a few ingredients and hands-on steps required, but are incredibly tasty with a real WOW factor due to their beautiful thyme perfume. The diamond-cut aubergine halves are salted and left to 'sweat' for a little, dried, coated with olive oil, and then oven-roasted on a bed of thyme until tender, golden-brown, caramelised and beautifully fragrant.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

A recent Rouxbe exercise for oven-roasting, we liked them so much, that I've made them now for the second time in two weeks. They can be served whole as light lunch or dinner, or as a side with other dishes, grilled meats or BBQs. Or scooped out of their skin and mashed up a little, and served as a dip or spread with bread. When roasted properly, the smooth, silky and creamy flesh can eaten right out of the skin with a fork. We like them, two halves each, served in their skins on our plates; they need absolutely nothing on the side. Having said that, this time I added a couple of slices of smokey Italian Scamorza cheese on the plate, and the combination was lovely! Important: make sure not to skip the salting of the aubergines before roasting. The salt will draw out a lot of the aubergines' moisture and bitterness, and adds the perfect seasoning to the finished dish.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Recipe source: Roasted Eggplant, by Dawn T. @ROUXBE

Serves 2 as a light main course, or 4 as a side dish: 


2 aubergines (mine were medium, just a little over 300g each)
several sprigs of fresh thyme
olive oil
fine sea salt

To serve:
good quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
lemon wedges
optional: a couple of slices of smokey Italian Scamorza cheese


THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Wash the aubergines and pat them dry. Cut them in half lengthwise. Score the inside flesh in a diamond pattern with a sharp small knife all the way down to the skin, but making sure not to actually cut through the skin.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Sprinkle the cut aubergine halves with sea salt. Spread the cuts open so that the salt goes also inside the cuts. Let the aubergine halves sit for 30 minutes to draw out their water.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 400°F/200°C/180°C fan.

Turn the aubergine halves upside down over the sink or a bowl and squeeze gently to remove their juices, then pat the surfaces dry with paper towels. Give the insides of the aubergines a good brush of olive oil.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Line a baking tray with parchment paper, then arrange the thyme sprigs on the tray in four piles. 

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Place the aubergine halves cut-side down on top of the thyme sprigs, keeping some distance between them so that they roast evenly.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Place the tray on the centre shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, or until the aubergines start to collapse, the flesh is soft and their cut sides golden-brown. My medium-size aubergines took 45 minutes. 

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Serve with a little lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top, and a small sprinkle of Maldon salt. Optional: add a couple of slices of smoked Scamorza cheese on the side.

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES


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THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES



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Serves 2 as a light main course, or 4 as a side dish: 

2 aubergines (mine were medium, just a little over 300g each)
several sprigs of fresh thyme
olive oil
fine sea salt

To serve:
good quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
lemon wedges
optional: a couple of slices of smokey Italian Scamorza cheese

1) Score the Aubergines in a diamond pattern: Wash the aubergines and pat them dry. Cut them in half lengthwise. Score the inside flesh in a diamond pattern with a small sharp knife all the way down to the skin, but making sure not to actually cut through the skin.

2) Sprinkle Aubergines with Salt and leave to draw out their water: Sprinkle the cut aubergine halves with sea salt. Spread the cuts open so that the salt goes also inside the cuts. Ley the aubergine halves sit for 30 minutes to draw out their water.

3) Pre-heat the oven: Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 400°F/200°C/180°C fan.

4) Dry the aubergines and brush with olive oil: Turn the aubergine halves upside down over the sink or a bowl and squeeze gently to remove their juices, then pat the surfaces dry with paper towels. Give the insides of the aubergines a good brush of olive oil.

5) Arrange the thyme sprigs on a lined baking tray: Line a baking tray with parchment paper, then arrange the thyme sprigs on the tray in four piles. 

6) Place the aubergines on top of the thyme sprigs: Place the aubergine halves cut-side down on top of the thyme sprigs, keeping some distance between them so that they roast evenly.

7) Roast the aubergines in the oven: Place the tray on the centre shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, or until the aubergines start to collapse, the flesh is soft and their cut sides golden-brown. My medium-size aubergines took 45 minutes. 

8) Serve: Serve with a little lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top, and a small sprinkle of Maldon salt. Optional: add a couple of slices of smoked Scamorza cheese on the side.

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