I was chatting with a good friend of mine the other day about going on holidays and I was recommending the lovely resort town of Costa Teguise in Lanzarote as an option for her to go now that she has a young family. I went there 3 times in 12 months recently! The food there is amazing!! It is here that I discovered the Spanish tapa of fried aubergine with honey. I feel in love with it. Even my husband who is 'afraid' of every type of vegetable couldn't say no to these tasty morsels.
As I was reminiscing about all the wonderful meals we had in that resort, I remembered those gorgeous bite size aubergine slices and all of a sudden I got a mad craving for them. So instead of my usual salad for lunch, I decided to change things up today and make the fried aubergines.
We are incredibly lucky here in Killarney that there are amazing honey producers close by - Killarney Honey. However, any really good honey will suffice to sweeten up these deliciosus treats.
- 1 aubergine, peeled and sliced into round discs
- Sea salt
- Table salt
- 1-2 tbsp of flour
- Good runny honey
- Good quality balsamic syrup
- 5-6 tbsp of rapeseed oil (or other flavourless oil)
- Place the aubergine slices in a plate and sprinkle with the table salt and leave for 10 minutes.
- Using kitchen paper, press down on the slices to release and remove all the water that seeps from the slices.
- Put the oil on a high heat.
- Place the flour on a plate and dip each slice of abergine into the flour, making sure they are completely coated. Shake off the excess flour.
- Carefully place each disc of aubergine in the hot oil, and cook for 2 minutes, before turning and cooking for a further 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the slices from the oil and place on kitchen paper to allow the excess oil to drain away.
- Place the disc of aubergine on a plate and drizzle generously with your honey, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and finally drizzle for balsamic syrup over the aubergine.