Stuffed Aubergines



2 aubergines

2 tbsp olive oil

olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

50g / 1.8 ounces pitted green olives, chopped

handful basil leaves, chopped

125g / 4.4 ounces ball vegetarian mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces

handful fresh white breadcrumbs


  1. Heat oven to 220C/ 425F/ 200C fan/ 390F fan / gas 7.
  2. Slice the aubergines in half lengthways, leaving the stem intact. Using a small knife, cut a border inside each aubergine about ½-1cm (.4 inch) thick.
  3. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the aubergine flesh, so that you have 4 shells. Brush these with a little of the oil, season and place in a baking dish.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins.
  5. Meanwhile, add the remaining oil to a non-stick frying pan. Tip in the onion and cook until soft.
  6. Tip in the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 3 mins more. Stir in olives, basil, mozzarella and seasoning.
  7. Allow to cool for 5-6 mins, once cooled, add mix to a bowl with breadcrumbs and toss together.
  8. Once ingredients are blended together, pile stuffing into shells and sprinkle with some mozzarella.
  9. I ke for 15-20 mins, until the cheese is gooey and the breadcrumbs are golden. Serve with a green salad. I