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Aubergine melt ciabatta recipe

Aubergine melt ciabatta recipe

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This aubergine melt ciabatta is the ultimate dinner for those chilly winter evenings. Crispy panko-coated aubergine is stuffed into hearty ciabattas with tomato purée, basil and mozzarella. See method

  • Serves 1
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 1054 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 30g panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • pinch dried oregano
  • ½ aubergine, cut into 4x 1cm thick slices (about 100g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, for frying
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée​
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5g fresh basil, chopped
  • 60g fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced
  • ½ ciabatta loaf (about 150g)
  • 20g mixed leaf salad

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    44g 62%
  • Saturates

    14g 68%
  • Sugars

    15g 17%
  • Salt

    2.3g 38%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 117.7g Protein 41.6g Fibre 12.4g


1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.

2. Put the panko breadcrumbs, flour and beaten egg into separate shallow bowls. Season the flour with black pepper, salt and dried oregano.

3. Dip the aubergine slices first into the flour, then the egg, followed by the breadcrumbs until well coated.

4. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook the aubergine for 3-4 mins on each side until golden brown and softened in the middle.

5. Slice the ciabatta in half and put on a baking tray cut-side up. Mix together the tomato purée, garlic purée, extra-virgin olive oil and a large pinch of chopped basil. Season well with black pepper. Spread the mixture on the bottom half of the ciabatta and top with the fried aubergine slices.

6. Tear over the fresh mozzarella and bake for 6-8 mins until the cheese has melted and the bread is crisp.

7. Add the salad leaves on top, sprinkle with remaining basil and sandwich closed with the top of the bread.

Tip: Aubergine can oxidise and turn brown once cut, so why not cook a double batch of fried aubergine and save for future recipes like aubergine parmigiana or a hearty salad with ciabatta croutons?

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