Cheeseless Eggplant (Aubergine) Gratin

“You can slice and salt the eggplant ahead, but the baking method significantly reduces the amount of oil they will absorb. This is a great first course, and goes well on the side of meat or fish. Courtesy Claudine.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  2. Trim and peel eggplants, cutting into thick (1 1/4-inch) slices, leaving you with about 8 slices.
  3. Pour first portion of olive oil onto large baking sheet, coating evenly.
  4. Press slices into oil and sprinkle with half the salt.
  5. Turn and repeat with remaining salt.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until eggplant is very soft.
  7. Meanwhile, place bread, herbs, and garlic into food processor and run for 15- 20 seconds.
  8. Transfer crumb mixture to bowl and toss lightly with remaining olive oil.
  9. When eggplant is removed from oven, spoon crumbs on top of them.
  10. This dish can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated.
  11. 10 minutes before serving, preheat broiler.
  12. Place the dish so that the stuffing is about 6-8 inches away from broiler unit.
  13. Broil 5-6 minutes, until topping is browned.

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