Sunday 7 August 2011

Grilled aubergines with olive oil, garlic, parsley and feta cheese

Normally I never post anything so fast. But this dish is so delicious that I thought I will post it before the summer is finished.
I did make this two weeks back but coudn't take any picture as mostly I can never take picture of warm food as my family is waiting for having their food and I don't want them to wait, just because I have to take pictures.
But then this dish is so yumm and my hubby and daughter who are carnivorous in nature loved this, and when I made this two weeks backs and after the lunch hubby asked when we are going to make this again.
So that is what I did today, we had this again for lunch and I took my plate and clicked few pictures in a hurry :-)
God the recipe from the TV show The Good Cook
The cook say in the show he feel so bad that he didn't discover this dish long agi as he only had this last year when he went to Greace and I totally agree with him.

4 long, thin-skinned purple aubergines (alternatively use the ordinary plump, pear-shaped variety available from most supermarkets)

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ( I used 3 garlic)
handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ( I used some 10 tbsp so that one can soak up the dressing with bread)
a little sea salt and black pepper ( take care in adding salt as the feta cheese is salty)
200 gm Cheese
lemons, for serving

1.Preheat the grill to high.

2.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.

3.Grill the aubergines for about 20 minutes, turning every 5-7 minutes or so, until evenly cooked with charred skin, and until the aubergine feels soft, but not too collapsed within. In the case of the purple aubergines, the skin will also have turned a dull brown colour. Transfer to a large, oval, white plate and allow to cool for two minutes.

4.Peel away the aubergine skin in four long, narrow sheets using a small knife. 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

5.Mix the garlic and parsley with the olive oil until well combined and spoon the mixture over the aubergine. Season lightly with salt (not too much - the cheese is salty anyway) and pepper, and crumble the feta cheese over the top. If liked, trickle over more olive oil to finish.

6.Serve warm, or at room temperature with lemon squeezed over.


Unknown said...

Luv those grilled aubergines with cheese...Yum Yum

Mina Joshi said...

Wow - this looks so tempting.

Kelly said...

This looks beautiful (and I don't even eat eggplant!) love the drizzle of olive oil and addition of parsley to the molten feta. Lovely!

Indian Khana said...

This is really gud, I liked all the herbs n spices ..

Sreelu said...

nice can't go wrong with eggplant and feta

Raks said...

Completely new kind of recipe! Sounds too good!

Cakelaw said...

Yum! Fast tasty food is good food in my books.

Jaya M said...

I have already told you in FB :D..they look so so delicious ..I have been inactive myself in blog hopping and getting on to read my fav blogs..things are back to track now hopefully :D..hugs and smiles

indosungod said...

Sounds very tasty.

I cook a chutney after grilling the eggplant and sauteing onions and few other of the usual spices and blended. Tasty with rice.

Got to try it your way with cheese.

sra said...

This looks so delicious! I'm a great fan of all the ingredients.

Lisa said...

I made this after watching the programme too - so easy and tasty!

Sia said...

i love aubergine, i love olive oil, i love garlic, i like parsley and i love feta cheese! so i really, really love this recipe:)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

This looks middle eastern, a bit... I was just a few weeks ago for a lebanese workshop and it was great

Unknown said...

this is a very interesting and yummy looking dish - Aubergine is a very versatile veggie and lends itself to many cuisines' flavors so nicely! thanks for sharing :)

Anne said...

Looks delicious, I love both aubergines and feta, can imagine this being a great meal!