Aubergine parmigiana

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Place the tinned tomatoes in a saucepan over a medium heat and slowly reduce by half
2
Meanwhile, slice the aubergines lengthwise into 2cm-thick strips
3
Heat a heavy-based large frying pan over a medium heat, pour in some olive oil and, when hot, gently fry the aubergines slices in batches until they are all tender and golden brown. You will need to add extra oil as you go as the aubergines soak it up quite quickly. When the slices are fried, season well and drain on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil
4
Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
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Once the tomato sauce has reduced by half and all your aubergine slices are cooked, you’re ready to assemble the parmigiana. Rub the sides and base of an ovenproof dish with olive oil and layer the bottom with aubergine slices, then a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and a few basil leaves, followed by a ladle of tomato sauce, a burrata ripped into pieces and a handful of Parmesan
  • 250g of dry white breadcrumbs
  • 4 burrata, weighing 120g each
  • 1 bunch of basil, leaves picked
  • 250g of Parmesan, finely grated
6
Ensure everything is evenly spread and then continue to layer up this way until you finish with a layer of aubergine. Be sure to save some basil leaves, breadcrumbs and Parmesan to sprinkle over at the end
7
Transfer to the oven and cook for 40 minutes until the parmigiana is bubbling away and the top layer of aubergine begins to crisp. Leave to rest for 20 minutes once cooked
8
While the parmigiana rests, make the sauce. Pour the double cream into a saucepan and gently simmer until reduced by half. Whisk in the grated Parmesan, season with salt and pepper then keep warm, stirring occasionally
9
When ready to serve, preheat a grill to high. Sprinkle the remaining breadcrumbs and a little more Parmesan over the parmigiana, then place under the grill to cook for 5 minutes
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Meanwhile, fry the reserved basil leaves in a little oil until crisp
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To serve, pour the sauce on the base of each serving dish, then top with a slice of the parmigiana. Grate over a final flourish of Parmesan, then top with the fried basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil
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