Layers of sautéed potatoes, aubergine, freshly made tomato sauce and cheese is covered with a light custard which is prepared from eggs and yoghurt.
The dish is prepared in three parts, then layered together and baked in the oven.
I will list the ingredients and instructions for one part at a time.....
The ingredients which have come from my own garden are marked with an *
2 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped *
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (I used two - I love garlic!) *
4 medium sized tomatoes, skinned and chopped, plus 1/3 cup water, OR one tin of tomatoes in juice.
(I used a jar of diced tomatoes I had previously bottled) *
1 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP red wine (optional - I didn't use it)
Salt to taste (and freshly ground black pepper if you like - I didn't use it as I am allergic)
1 bay leaf
1 TBSP finely chopped fresh herbs, or 1 tsp dried herbs (I used fresh parsley) *
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, and simmer gently for 15-20 mins or until the sauce is thick, stirring occasionally.
500g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced *
2 TBSP cooking oil
1 large aubergine, sliced into 1/2 cm thick slices *
2 TBSP wholemeal flour
2 TBSP extra cooking oil
1 cup grated cheese (recipe says cheddar, I used Colby)
Fry the potato slices in hot oil until they are golden and almost cooked. Transfer to a large, greased baking dish.
Coat the aubergine lightly with the flour. Add the extra oil to the pan if needed. Fry the slices until they are soft and lightly browned. Place in an even layer in the baking dish.
3 eggs *
200 ml plain yoghurt
1/4 tsp salt
Pepper if desired
In a small bowl, beat the eggs, yoghurt and seasoning until well mixed.
Assembly and cooking:
Cover the potato/aubergine layers with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the surface with the cheese. Pour the custard evenly over the top. Bake in a moderate oven (180C/350F) for 45 minutes or until the custard is set and golden brown.
Serves 4 as a main meal accompanied by bread rolls, or 6 if you add other sides.