This irresistible vegetarian parmigiana transforms some of the most delicious veggie flavours into a mouth-watering dinner. Enjoy!
Lentil Eggplant Parmigiana with Ciabatta Crumble
- 2 eggplants thinly sliced into rounds
- 1 drizzle oil
- 1 red onion finely diced
- 2 cans brown lentils drained & rinsed
- 1 drizzle oil
- Italian herbs ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp parsley, ½ tsp sage, ½ tsp rosemary
- 60 g tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can tomato passata
- ½ cup water
- 1 ciabatta loaf crumbled
- 200 g feta cheese crumbled
- 50 g grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 telegraph cucumber cut in half lengthways & thinly sliced
- 100 g mesclun
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Before you start, preheat oven to 220°C (or 200°C fan bake). If you do not have an ovenproof fry-pan, set aside a large baking dish.
- Prep eggplant and toss on a lined oven tray with oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast for about 20 minutes, until tender.
- Prep onions and lentils. Heat oil in a large ovenproof fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook onion for about 3 minutes, until tender. Add Italian herbs and tomato paste and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Add salt, tomato passata and water measure to pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, stir through lentils and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to baking dish, if using. Set aside.
- Crumble ciabatta into bite-sized pieces, prep feta and toss both in a medium bowl with mozzarella.
- When eggplant has cooked, remove from oven. Cover lentils with sliced of eggplant. Sprinkle over crumble and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden.
- Prep cucumber and toss in a large bowl with mesclun and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve eggplant parmigiana with salad on the side.
Meet the Chef
Amber ‘Agria’ is the brain and taste buds behind our Gourmet and Fresh Start Bags! Her favourite part of the role? Creating the recipes and eating them, of course! When it comes to local, New Zealand produce, Amber sure is a pro. Her favourite has to be asparagus, so she’s especially happy when asparagus season rolls around.