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    Fried Aubergine Bruschetta

    Aubergines have extremely absorbent flesh that soaks up great quantities of fat when they are pan-fried. You can roast them to achieve a similar effect, using only a light brushing of oil. Use these roasted aubergine slices in recipes that call for fried aubergine, or, like here, as an hors d'oeuvre. Using a rosemary-infused oil adds another layer of flavour - you can make your own by gently heating olive oil with a sprig of fresh rosemary for about 5 minutes.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 25 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Serves: 4 as a starter

    Ingredients

    • Bruschetta
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 slices rustic bread, such as sourdough
    • 2 garlic cloves, halved
    • 2 medium aubergines (about 450g)
    • 2-3 tsp extra virgin olive oil or rosemary-infused oil
    • Sea salt

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 230°C/gas 8.
    2. Slice the aubergines crosswise into 1cm slices and discard the ends. Using a lightly dampened brush, brush each slice lightly on both sides with the oil and arrange on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt and roast until the slices are tender and brown - 20-25 minutes - turning halfway through cooking.
    3. When the aubergine has been roasting for around 15 minutes, arrange the bread slices on a baking tray and, with a slightly dampened brush, brush on both sides with the olive oil. Toast in the oven with the aubergine for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden, then rub with the cut garlic cloves and sprinkle with a little salt. Serve warm with the roasted aubergine. Top with a little crumbled goat's cheese and a few shreds of lemon zest if you like.

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