Serves 4

Parmagiana di Melanzane

Parmagiana di Melanzane

Peter is an incredible actor, a true gentleman and a passionate animal lover. He took part in Veganuary 2016 and has never looked back. He says: ‘I will always support Veganuary, but I won’t have to do it again because… I am now vegan.’ If, like Peter, you’re a fan of rich Mediterranean flavours, then try this beautiful Melanzane.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

3 cloves garlic, crushed

3 sprigs of thyme

8 sage leaves, finely chopped

4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

3 tbsp caster sugar

4 large aubergines, sliced lengthways as thinly as possible

150g melting vegan cheese, grated - try Violife for Pizza, or VBites Cheezly Edam Style (Melting)

85g white breadcrumbs

50g pine nuts

Handful of basil leaves

Method

Heat the oven to 200C / GM6.

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the garlic, thyme and sage, and cook gently for a few minutes. Then add the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar, and gently simmer for 20-25 minutes until it has thickened.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan. Brush the aubergines slices on both sides with olive oil, and fry in batches until each slice is softened and slightly charred.

Mix 25g of the grated dairy-free cheese with the breadcrumbs and pine nuts, and set side.

Into a large baking dish, add a little of the tomato sauce and spread over the base. On top of this, add a layer or two of aubergines slices. Season.

Spoon over more sauce, then layer some cheese and basil leaves, and then another layer of aubergine. Repeat until you end with a layer of tomato sauce, and top with the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is crisp and golden, and the tomato sauce is bubbling away. Rest for 10 minutes, and scatter with torn basil leaves.

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