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Puttanesca Aubergine Parmigiana

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Puttanesca Aubergine Parmigiana
Courtesy of Dirty Vegan by Matt Pritchard
gluten free
wheat free
freezable
2 spoon difficulty rating

100

Serves: 4-6

Puttanesca Aubergine Parmigiana

This pepped-up parmigiana is an approximation of another Italian classic, puttanesca. Mind you don’t over-season the sauce – the capers and olives bring plenty of salt to the show.

Nutritional yeast adds a deep savoury flavour to the crumb. This is a brilliant dish that will feed a crowd – one for sharing with your mates of a bottle of wine or two.

Ingredients: 

  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 175ml white wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp capers, chopped
  • 100g green olives, sliced
  • 200ml water
  • 4 aubergines, cut lengthways into 1cm thick slices
  • 20g basil leaves, torn
  • 50g sourdough breadcrumbs (use gf if appropriate) 
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 80g vegan mozzarella, torn (optional)

Method: 

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan and cook the onion over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until starting to soften.
  2. Stir in the garlic, wine and tomato puree, then let the mixture bubble away until reduced by half. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, capers, olives and measured water.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5).
  5. While the sauce cooks, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the aubergine, turning, over medium heat until golden and cooked through. (You’ll use more oil than you think as the slices soak it up as they cook.) Set aside.
  6. When the sauce is ready, mix in the basil leaves. Taste and tweak the seasoning as desired.
  7. In a food processer, pulse together the breadcrumbs, yeast flakes, lemon zest, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon oil.
  8. Lay half the aubergines into a large (about 30 x20cm) baking dish and top with half the sauce. Repeat the layering process to fill the dish.
  9. Tear the mozzarella over the top, if using. Top evenly with the breadcrumb mix.
  10. Bake for 20–40 minutes, until the top is golden and the aubergine is tender.

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