Aubergines à la Nîmoise

Aubergines à la Nîmoise

There are a number of different variations of this Provençal recipe, this, a very traditional one, was very popular in the last century and was often served to accompany roast poultry.

A rosé from Provence or the Rhône, such as a juicy Tavel, would be the perfect accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • 3 aubergines
  • 2 or 3 tinned anchovies
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • dried breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

Peel the aubergines and cut them in half along their length. With the point of a knife, score the cut half with diamond shaped incisions (take care not to cut right through the base or sides of the aubergine).

Wash the anchovies and chop very finely. In a bowl, mix together the parsley, garlic, shallots and anchovies. Gradually add the olive oil and season liberally with pepper.

Shallow fry the aubergines in oil in a frying pan over a moderate heat till lightly coloured all over. Drain on kitchen paper. Next place them head to tail in a gratin dish and spoon the anchovy mixture onto each aubergine.

Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs and place in the oven, pre-heated to 190ºC/370ºF for about 10 minutes.

Serve on their own as a starter or light lunch or to accompany roast lamb or chicken.

Serves 4 to 6

Originally appeared in Societynews May 1999

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