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Photo by Nassima Rothacker -- Aubergine and Onion Tart

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

Aubergine and Onion Tart

Serves 6-8. Recipe is from “The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East” by Chetna Makan (Mitchell Beazley, 2016).

1 aubergine (eggplant), cut into ¼-inch slices

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 red onions, thinly sliced

1 (11½-ounce) ready-rolled puff pastry

Plain flour, for dusting

4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste

½ teaspoon salt

1¾-ounce (50 grams) Cheddar cheese, grated

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2. Preheat a griddle pan over a high heat until hot. Brush the eggplant with half the olive oil. Working in batches, griddle the eggplant slices for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are fully cooked and brown.

2. Heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the red onion slices, then cover with a lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

3. Unroll the pastry on a lightly floured baking tray. Gently score a line around the edge of the pastry (½ inch) from the edge. Spread the tomato paste on the inner rectangle of pastry and cover with the cooked onions. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Neatly arrange the cooked eggplant slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining salt, and then the grated cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is cooked and brown. Serve warm or cold. This tart is best eaten on the day it is made.

Testing note: The author doesn’t indicate what size red onions to use. Since they are generally quite large here, I used only 2, one large and the other a bit smaller. Also, I found the sun-dried tomato paste at Fresh Market. It is packaged in a tube.