Roasted Eggplant by Selaks

A full-flavoured vegetarian meal that doesn't compromise on flavour!

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare
  • 45 mins to cook
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For the perfect pairing, try serving alongside our Selaks Reserve Merlot Cabernet. With a bouquet of wild berries and a hint of spice.


  • 4 medium sized eggplants
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions (red orbrown), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400 gram can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ tsp each of salt & ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ - 1 cup water
  • ½ cup grated parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Trim any stalks off the eggplants, then, using a small knife or potato peeler, peel off strips of the skin lengthways, leaving alternate strips of skin and exposed flesh. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  2. Heat ¼ cup of the oil in a pan and fry each of the eggplants, turning so they brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining ¼ cup of the olive oil in the pan, to a medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook gently for 10 minutes until softand translucent. Add the garlic, cook for a further 2 minutes, then add tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, until it reduces and deepens in colour – about 10 minutes.
  4. Pack the eggplants into an oven proof dish so they fit snugly. Cut a slit in each eggplant, (not all the way through though) and spoon some of the onion and tomato sauce inside each cavity. Spoon the remaining tomato mixture on top.
  5. Mix the sugar, lemon juice and water and pour this around the eggplants until it almost covers them. Cover the dish with a lid or double layer of foil and bake for 45 minutes or until the eggplants are tender, even collapsing.
  6. Remove the lid or foil, add grated parmesan and bake for 10-15minutes more until the juices are reduced and syrupy and the topis golden.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature, either as a side to roast meat, or as a vegetarian main dish on its own.

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Wine Match: Selaks Reserve Merlot Cab.
Make sure you check out more Selaks Roast Day recipes on their website.

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