Summer Eggplants with Ricotta & Capers


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Summer Eggplants with Ricotta and Capers

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 200gr of ricotta
  • 50gr of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teasp of capers
  • hot chilli and paprika to taste
  • a small bunch of mint
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • EVO
  • salt


  1. Wash the eggplants and slice lengthwise about 5mm thick and put in a container with water and salt to rest for about 1 hour. Then rinse them in fresh water and pat them dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  3. In a bowl mix the ricotta and parmesan together and whisk to a smooth cream.
  4. In a separate container put 4 tbsp. of EVO, the squashed garlic, about 10 chopped mint leaves and a teaspoon of mixed hot chilli and paprika. Mix properly and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes.
  5. Put on a stove a non-sticky frypan, when hot put a layer of the sliced eggplants in it and brush with the aromatic oil and cook. do this until all the eggplants are cooked.
  6. Take a baking dish and brush the bottom with the aromatic oil. Place a layer of eggplants, then a tablespoon of ricotta, few capers and a pinch of paprika and chilli. Keep doing it until you have used all the ingredients, finishing with ricotta and capers on the top.
  7. Bake it for about 5 minutes and serve.

Bon appetit!!