How To Make The Most Of Those Final Weeks Of Summer With Simple, Healthy Recipes
Welcome to summer’s final stage! August and September are the seasons of blue skies, cooler nights and a hearty appetite for fresh seasonal ingredients that work well with extra virgin olive oil.
If you’re ready to explore this magical time of year in your kitchen, then look no further – we’ve got the perfect recipe for late summer cooking with extra virgin olive oil.
With its unique flavour profile that varies from earthy to fruity depending on its origin and how it’s been processed, extra virgin olive oil adds an intense taste dimension when used in dessert or savoury dishes while still allowing other flavours to come through. Join us as we explore how it can be used alongside flavourful late-summer ingredients such as aubergine and plums in delicious recipes that will give each one of them a unique spin!
This satisfying vegetarian alternative to beef lasagne from bbc good food is a great way to use up those seasonal aubergines, or egg plants depending on which side of the Atlantic you live!
Aubergine Parmigiana Lasagne With Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 large aubergines, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthways
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 250g vegetarian mozzarella, drained and coarsely grated
- 50g vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese, grated
- 1 bunch of basil, leaves picked and roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
- 8 dried lasagne sheets (egg lasagne sheets are best for this)
For the tomato sauce
- 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp golden caster sugar
- 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- For the sauce, heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and fry the garlic for 1 min until golden. Add the sugar and vinegar, simmer for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes. Season with salt and return to a simmer. Bubble for 10 mins, then remove from the heat and set aside. Can be prepared up to two days ahead and chilled.
- Heat a griddle or large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Brush the aubergine slices on both sides with the olive oil and season with a little salt, then griddle in batches until the slices are softened and slightly charred (ensure the heat isn’t too high or the aubergine will char before it softens). Transfer the cooked slices to a plate as you go.
- To assemble, lay a third of the aubergine slices over the base of a rectangular or square gratin dish, then pour over a third of the sauce. Scatter with a small handful of both cheeses (you’ll want to keep most of the cheese for the top) and half the basil, then top with half the lasagne sheets. Repeat once more, then finish with a final layer of aubergines topped with the rest of the sauce. Scatter over the remaining cheese.
- Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the dish on a baking tray and bake for 30 mins until the cheese is golden and the sauce is bubbling at the edges. Leave to cool for at least 10 mins, then scatter with the reserved basil and serve.
Mozzarella, Plum And Burnt Leek Salad
Nothing quite captures the closing stages of summer than an abundance of ripe plums and this stunning salad with a Mediterranean twist from delicious magazine just jumped out at us as the perfect canvas for a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Crispy Chickpeas And Yoghurt Sauce
If the end of August and the advent of September leaves you reaching for a bit of kitchen comfort, there is no finer heart-warming choice than the Sweet Potato (recipe above) and a delightful number from Purewow.com is so simple and satisfying.
Seasonal recipes for late summer via Morocco Gold