Here are 3 easy to make aubergine recipes that are easy to make and showcase how wonderful Aubergines can be. We make an easy to make aubergine curry, aubergine bacon sandwich and Baba Ganoush and fabulous roasted aubergine dip.
Prep time : 5 mins | Cook time : 30 mins | Total time 40 mins Makes: 10 Servings | Difficulty: Medium
Aubergine also known as egg plant got its name as one of the original varieties is small and white and literally looks like an egg growing on a plant hence the name eggplant. Aubergine is part of the nightshade family and many years ago it was believed to be poisonous, even the Italian word for Aubergine is Melanzana which directly translates as “apple of madness” as it was believe if you ate some aubergine you would go mad as its closely related to many poisonous nightshade plants.
Botanically, Aubergine is actually a berry. Information would classify it as a fruit but wisdom would not include it in a fruit salad! Gastronomically it’s classified as a vegetable. Another strange use of aubergine in 5th century China is that aubergines were used to dye teeth to give them a metallic look that made them gleam and shine!
In terms of cooking, aubergines are very divided, some people love them and others despise them, even a friend Niall refers to them as “devils food!”. We believe that the reason many people hate aubergines is that they have not been cooked properly. A badly cooked aubergine is undercooked and rubbery or even chewy in mouthfeel, however when an aubergine is cooked properly it is soft, melts in your mouth and almost explodes with softness and flavour. An aubergine is quite spongy inside so its the perfect vessel for soaking up flavour. Some of our favourite ways to cook aubergine is to roast them with simply olive oil and salt or add a splash or olive oil and tarmari/ soy sauce or olive oil and a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Below we cook aubergines 3 ways to showcase its versatility and how wonderful it can be.
We charr it and fry it to make some aubergine bacon to show that it caramelises great and then add a smoky, sweet umami dressing to showcase how it functions as a wonderful carrier for flavour.
We roast it whole and scoop out the flesh to use to make one of our favourite dips Baba genoush.
We braise it in to show how it can be cooked quickly to make a beautiful aubergine and butterbean curry.