Aubergines en Persillade

One of my favourite cookbooks is French, by Damien Pignolet. This eggplant, mushroom and parsley bake is one reason why.

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I didn’t really do my usual ‘ad-libbing’ with this recipe, because it’s perfect on its own. I’ll merely paraphrase Damien Pignolet, and give you half the quantity which is perfect for two to three people.

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Ingredients:
1 large eggplant, cut into 2cm dice
60ml olive oil (not extra-virgin, as the smoke point is too low to be healthy)
salt and white pepper
2 small eschalots (spring onions), sliced thinly or diced finely (your choice)
100g button mushrooms, sliced into 1cm slices (I love swiss browns)
1/4 cup finely chopped curly-leaf parsley
a 2cm thick slice of sourdough bread, stale is fine, rubbed into chunky breadcrumbs

Scatter the eggplant with salt and let it drain in a colander with something weighing down on it a bit, like a bowl. This will take about 30 to 40 mins. Rinse them quickly and dry them well with a clean tea towel or paper towel.

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Preheat the oven to 180C.

Fry the eggplant cubes to golden brown in two batches, using about 2 tablespoons of oil for the first batch, and adding another tablespoon for the second batch. Add them to an oven-proof dish, and sprinkle with white pepper.

Sauté the eschalots in a little more oil until soft and then add in the mushroom slices. Cover the pan so the mushrooms let go of some of their juice and simmer until soft.

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Add the mushroom mixture to the eggplant, add the parsley and toss gently to combine.

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In a bit more of the oil, fry the breadcrumbs for a bit, then scatter them over the eggplant and mushrooms. Bake for 15 minutes and serve immediately.

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I had this batch with Basmati Pilaf and steamed broccoli. It is so intensely savoury and delicious.

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