Hasselback aubergine parmigiana

Hasselback aubergine parmigiana

Serves iconSERVES 2                                             Time iconHANDS-ON TIME 20 MIN


This hasselback aubergine parmigiana is delicious twist on a classic Italian dish. Crisp aubergine slices are baked in a rich tomato sauce and sprinkled with parmesan.

Get more inspiration with our 20 best aubergine recipes, including a tasty aubergine and feta frittata.



  • 1 large onion
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500ml tomato passata
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 ½  tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • Large pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 large aubergines
  • 50g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 mozzarella ball
  • 30g dried breadcrumbs
  • Small handful fresh basil


  1. Heat the oven to 200°C fan/gas 7. Halve, peel and slice the  onion. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 8-10 minutes to soften. Add the crushed garlic, then cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute more.
  2. Pour in the passata, chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp of the dried oregano, caster sugar, a large pinch of chilli flakes (optional) and some salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced. Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
  3. Take the aubergines and make widthways cuts at 1cm intervals, three quarters of the way through, so the slices are still attached at the bottom. Drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil, getting into the cuts. Spoon a little tomato sauce into the cuts, along with 30g grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Arrange the aubergines in the baking dish on top of the sauce and bake for 30 minutes until the aubergines are slightly charred.
  4. Cut the mozzarella ball into 6-8 pieces, then dot over the aubergines. In a small bowl, mix the dried breadcrumbs with 20g grated Parmigiano Reggiano, 1 tbsp olive oil and ½ tsp dried oregano. Sprinkle over the aubergines and bake for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is golden and the aubergines are tender. Top with fresh basil and serve with crusty bread or a green salad.



48.5G (17.1G SATURATED)
47.4G (32G SUGARS)


delicious. tips

  1. You’ll also need a 2-3 litre capacity baking dish.
  2. You can make the parmigiana up to 1 day ahead. Cool, then chill, covered. Reheat in a low oven for 30-40 minutes to serve.



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Fire-broil mackerel with aubergine and tomatoes

Fire-broil mackerel with aubergine and tomatoes

Ready, sweet tomatoes and a garlicky slammed aubergine purée make this an incredible summer’s night dish

Mackerel must be my preferred fish for cooking outside over an open fire. Its skin crisps flawlessly while underneath the slick substance remains sodden and delicate. The fresher the mackerel, the more sensitive and heavenly its flavor will be, so select fish with decent brilliant eyes and energetic, bright skin.



4 good-sized, super-fresh mackerel, gutted and cleaned
2 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs of rosemary
250g large, ripe tomatoes, halved
2 medium aubergines
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
A handful of basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



Prepare your fire; you want to be cooking over glowing embers. When the fire is hot, set a grill over it, making sure it’s clean so your fish is less likely to stick to the bars. You’ll know the temperature is right when you can hover your hand above the grill for a maximum of 3 seconds.

Lay the fish on a board and, using a sharp knife, cut several shallow slash marks on both sides. Trickle 1 tbsp olive oil over the fish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub in, getting right into the slash marks. Place a couple of rosemary sprigs in each fish cavity. Set the fish on the grill. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and place, cut side up, next to the fish. Place the aubergines (uncut) on the grill too.

Turn the aubergines every few minutes, to ensure they cook evenly. The fish will take 6–8 minutes on each side, depending on size. Don’t worry if the skin tears; the fish will still taste amazing. Once the mackerel are cooked, remove them from the grill and keep warm. Turn the tomatoes after 10–15 minutes and keep cooking them until they are soft and caramelised, then remove them to a plate.

When the aubergines are soft (this will take about 20 minutes), slit open and scoop the soft flesh out into a bowl. Add the garlic, tahini, chilli flakes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper. Mix and mash the aubergine with the seasonings.

Divide the aubergine purée between 4 plates. Add the tomatoes and fish and serve.

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