Another enticing and unique recipe from Foods Matter (March 2007 issue). These aubergine burgers offer a good dose of Vitamins A, B6 and B12. If you are unable to find haddock, any smoked white fish should suit:
“I always have a problem knowing what to do with aubergines – and faced with three the other day I wondered how they would work as burger buns… So here you go…
I made three fillings: the smoked haddock one below, a straight lamb burger and a lentil and cashew nut filling for the ‘veggies’. Grilling the aubergines is a bit time-consuming but can be done while you are making the fillings. I served it with red peppers and shallots, very slowly cooked together.”
Special Diet Notes: Aubergine Burgers with Red Pepper Salad
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free.
- 6-8 aubergines (eggplant) - enough to give you 48 reasonable size slices about the thickness of your little finger
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped very fine in a food processor
- 1 generous tablespoon olive oil
- 3½ oz quinoa
- 2½ cups gluten/wheat free vegetable stock
- 14 oz hot-smoked haddock
- 2 tablespoon grated horseradish
- 18 shallots, peeled
- 6 long red Romano peppers or other fresh red bell peppers
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat a grill. Fill the grill tray with aubergine slices over which you have dribbled a little olive oil and grated plenty of sea salt and black pepper. Grill until lightly browned on
- one side then turn over and repeat the process on the other side.The slices should be soft to the knife. Set aside and repeat the process with the next batch of slices.
- Sweat the onion in the oil very slowly until it is totally soft then add the quinoa. Stir well then add the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is very soft.
- Meanwhile, break up/mash the smoked haddock. Add it to the quinoa along with the
- horseradish. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Make into small patties the size of your aubergine slices.
- To serve, sandwich the haddock mixture between two slices of aubergine and reheat,
- lightly covered, in a moderate oven for 15 minutes.
- In a heavy pan heat the oil and add the onions. Cook gently for 10-15 minutes or until they are just starting to soften. Meanwhile de-seed the peppers and slice them crossways.
- Add to the shallots and continue to cook very slowly, stirring regularly for 40-50 minutes or until both vegetables are completely cooked through. Serve with the burgers.