Aubergine/Eggplant Coca

 

This typical Catalan recipe is actually a bread dough covered with eggplant and / or red peppers which have been baked in an oven, spread with Olive Oil and sprinkled with garlic.

 

Ingredients for 4 People:

For the dough:

  • 300 g white bread flour
  • 1 sachet dried yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil

For the Topping:

  • 4 small Aubergines or Eggplants, sliced
  • 6 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful pitted black olives

 

Put the flour in a big bowl and mix in the yeast, a pinch of sugar and salt. Add 225 ml (1cup)  hand-hot water with the oil and mix to a dough. don’t hesitate to add a little flour if too wet. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until silky and no more sticky.

Oil a clean bowl and put in your dough ball and Cover. Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until the dough had doubled in size.

Meanwhile, put the Aubergines/Eggplants slices in a colander layered with a sprinkling of salt and leave for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 410°F.

Rinse the Aubergines/Eggplants slices and lay them to dry on paper towel then place onto a tray and toss with 3 Tbsp of the oil. Heat a grill pan and griddle the slices for 2 minutes each side until striped golden. Then, put back on the tray until they are all done.

When the dough is ready, tip onto a floured surface, knead briefly, then press the dough into the oiled tin right to the corners. Mix the garlic paste with 1 Tbsp oil.

Spread the tomato slices onto the dough, add the garlic paste, then the aubergines/eggplants  and drizzle with the remaining oil and the pitted olives. Bake for 15 minutes or until you get a golden-brown and fluffy crust. Enjoy, hot or cold !

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One thought on “Aubergine/Eggplant Coca

  1. Loved it! Easy to make. I would just say: use small aubergines.I used the regular ones, and it was too much!.
    Delicious, warm and cold.

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