Spanish Style Braised Aubergine

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This is lovely! Good on its own with some bread or as part of a tapas meal.

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 firm aubergines (diced)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
salt & pepper
1 large onion (finely sliced)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)
70g Manchego cheese (grated – optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Sprinkle the cumin and a little salt & pepper over the aubergine. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat in a frying pan and add the aubergine. The oil will disappear at first but the aubergine will gradually release it back to the pan. Fry gently for about 8-10 minutes until they turn golden and soften slightly.

Place a seive over a bowl and drain the oil and any juices from the pan. Return the juices to the frying pan and gently fry the onions for about 15-20 minutes until they brown and caramelise. Add the aubergine and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Cover and cool to room temperature.

SERVING:
Sprinkle the Manchego cheese over the mixture and another tablespoon of olive oil. Serve with some crusty bread.

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