Last night I was watching TV
Do you know “little big Italy?” It’s an Italian TV show where a famous chef, Francesco Panella, visits Italian restaurants all over the world to check their food.
Well, many times he drives local chefs crazy by ordering an off-menu to the most unknown: the so called “eggplant m’buttunate” (that are stuffed aubergines).
The show has two main merits: first of all it’s very very funny, and then it’s really inspiring! … so today we’re making stuffed aubergines the way I do at home: nice and tasty chicks!
SERVES 4 PEOPLE
READY IN 45’
Water and coarse salt to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped onion
Salt to taste
3,5 oz diced cooked ham
1 stale bread loaf, cubed
½ glass milk
3,5 oz smoked scamorza cheese
Salt, pepper and parsley to taste
Approx. 10 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
2 chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
Oil to taste
STEP 1: COOK THE AUBERGINES
Cut the aubergines lengthwise, remove the green part (the attachment to the plant) and dig them internally with a knife, keeping a shell about 1 centimeter thick (set aside the pulp you will need in step 2).
Dip the aubergines in boiling salted water and boil them for 5 minutes, then drain them gently and set aside.
STEP 2: MAKE THE FILLING
Cut the eggplant pulp into small pieces.
Brown onion in oil for 1 minute.
Add aubergine small cubes and cook them over high heat for 5-6 minutes, adding salt. Now transfer the aubergines into a bowl together with: diced ham, bread, milk, egg, smoked cheese, salt, pepper and parsley.
Stir carefully to mix the ingredients.
STEP 3: PUT IN THE TRAY
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add them to the pan together with oil, a pinch of salt and chopped basil leaves.
Fill the aubergines with the filling prepared in step 2 and place them in the pan. Cover with a spoonful of breadcrumbs and a drizzle of oil.
STEP 4: COOK
Cook the aubergines in a preheated oven at 220 ° C for about 30 minutes.
#getBready & enjoy your meal