25 March 2009

Aubergine, Potato and Halloumi Bake



















I saw a recipe somewhere for an aubergine bake and it just made my mouth water. I don't know where, who, or what! I do remember it involved a tomatoey base and chunky potato on top, so I decide that was enough info. to wing it.



















Here is my recipe:

Aubergine, Potato and Halloumi Bake

2 onions, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 aubergine, cubed
1 cup red lentils
1 tbsp garam marsala
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock (1 stock cube)
4 tbsp tomato puree
salt and pepper

6 medium potatoes, quartered (about 2cm pieces)
250g block Halloumi cheese, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced



Preheat the oven to 200c/400f/GM6.

Boil the potatoes until just about tender. Drain and set aside.

Gently saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft and translucent. Add the aubergine and cook for 5 minutes. Next add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes before adding the garam masala. Mix well. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, the stock and the red lentils. Stir while bringing to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the flavours have amalgamated. Season to taste.

Layer up a large oven-proof dish with the tomatoey stew, then top with the potatoes, halloumi and slices of tomato.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the halloumi is golden and the potatoes are crisping up.

Serve with crusty bread and a side salad.

Serves 4 hungry peeps

This is one of those dishes that tastes even better the second day. I do hope you try it. If you love Halloumi cheese like I do, then I know you will be tempted!

27 comments:

  1. I love halloumi cheese, it's so damned tasty!!

    Your bake looks mouth watering, I wish I had some now :)

    Katie xox

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  2. Me too Katie, I haven't had dinner yet and I am starving.

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  3. Aubergine, potato and haloumi - oh my. I shall definitely be trying this one.

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  4. Yum. Shall be trying this out!

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  5. Looks soooo good!! wonderful things together...

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  6. Hope you enjoy it Kathryn :)

    I will be putting more potato on next time Wendy, I didn't have many left when I made it this time.

    Thanks Soma.

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  7. yum - this is a great combination - always love new ideas for halloumi - will be bookmarking this one

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  8. I adore halloumi too Johanna! I don't know how it is there, but Halloumi is about double the price to buy here now.

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  9. I love halloumi! Should try this

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  10. This looks delicious. I have to confess that I'm not hugely keen on halloumi but could possibly try this with a different cheese.

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  11. I love aubergines and baked is even better! For some odd reason I don't think have ever tried halloumi, must rectify as looks delicious :)

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  12. Never tasted halloumi, but who cares? I still want to make this!

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  13. Forget the original - your version looks amazing! Halloumi makes everything better :)

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  14. Yeah, nice use of halloumi. We've never had it baked into veggies like this, so this is a nice nice thing.

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  15. Oh, Holler, this looks fabulous! Wow, I am totally in love with eggplants (aubergines...that sounds so much prettier). I am so glad that you saw this and decided to recreate!! MMMM MMM GOOD! Hope your kitty's doing well :)

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  16. Yum, I'm up for anything - a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g - with halloumi! :)

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  17. Sounds yummy, particularly that cheese, because it keeps its texture when it's cooked. Yum!

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  18. I certainly am tempted! It's got mushrooms and I love halloumi indeed.

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  19. OH my goodness, this sounds incredible!!! YUM!! I love love love aubergines - I can't wait to try your recipe!!

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  20. Sounds yummy! I will give this a go - just printing it now! thanks for sharing.

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  21. Thanks Joan :)

    Me too A & N :)

    You could always try some mozzarella on top Antonia :)

    When it is cooked, it is just so good Anne, crispy at the edges and soft and chewy on the inside. I love it :)

    Good for you Ricki :)

    It certainly does lysy :)

    Hi Duo Dishes, I don't know why, but when I was thinking about making this dish, Halloumi just popped into my mind straight away and it did work really well!

    Thanks Elyse, she is a bit better. Just trying to tempt her to eat more.

    Yep Pia, one taste and you are in love with that cheese for life :)

    It really is Nic :)

    Hey Davimack, that is one of it's good qualities, definitely!

    Admit it Lisa, it was the mushrooms that got you! Lol :D

    Hi Astra, I have more aubergines, waiting for me in the fridge, when I eventually get around to the curry I am thinking of making.

    Hope you enjoy it Jan :)

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  22. That looks good! I like the use of the Halloumi cheese!

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  23. I'm so late to comment on this but I just have to share my love of halloumi. Isn't it the best??!! I had never had it until our year on London and now I look for excuses to use it. Will be making an awesome appetizer for a catered dinner party on Saturday and will be sure to post the recipe. Springy and yummy!

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  24. Only found this last week and it was possibly the best savoury dish I have ever made. I added a lot more veggies (courgettes, peppers etc.) to bulk it up and brought in a piece for my lunch each day for a week.
    So delicious!!

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