Recipe for Roast aubergine slices topped with Meatballs coated in a basil & mixed herbs infused passata sauce
150g beef mince
1/2 clove garlic – peel, grate finely & chop
1/4 onion – peel & chop finely
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tomato – grate coarsely (reserve liquid)
1/4 cup passata sauce
3g fresh basil – discard stalks
30g hard cheese – slice with potato peeler
olive oil (from your pantry)
salt & pepper (from your pantry)
tin foil (from your pantry)
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.
Aubergine: Slice the aubergine into halfmoons (½ cm thick). Place on a tin foil lined baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix and arrange in a single layer, then roast for 15-20 minutes until golden. Don’t be tempted to shake them around. They cook best when left alone. When done, let them cool down slightly and gently peel them off the tray.
Meatballs: Mix together the beef mince, HALF the garlic, HALF the onion and HALF the mixed herbs. Season generously with salt and pepper and shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a pan on medium-high heat. When hot, add the meatballs and brown for 3 minutes, until golden. Move them around in the pan to make sure they brown evenly. Remove from the pan and discard some of the liquid (if too much). Set aside.
Tomato sauce: Using the same pan on medium-high heat, add the REST of the onion with a pinch of salt and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the REST of the garlic, the REST of the mixed herbs, grated tomatoes (with the liquid) and cook for 2 minutes, before pouring in the passata and water (2 tbsp). Add the meatballs, season with salt and pepper then simmer (gently boil) for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens and the meatballs cook through. Slice the basil leaves thinly and mix through.
Serve the roast aubergine topped with the saucy meatballs and hard cheese shavings.
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