I’m cooking quite a few recipes from Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients at the moment. I love the simplicity of just a few basic ingredients.
There are a wealth of good recipes in the book which are pretty easy to prepare and don’t require a store cupboard full of ingredients.
Sticky Teriyaki Eggplant (read Aubergine in Jamie’s original British recipe), is unbelievably easy to make, low in calories and most importantly, very delicious!
As a dedicated foodie I love eating! Sometimes it’s necessary to undergo a little judicious calorie management, so at the moment I am embracing Weight Watchers, an organisation I can speak highly of, with its sensible food plans and non-judgmental mentors. A big shout-out to Wendy at WW in Rozelle and the city!
So it was with delight that I realised that this lovely recipe was very calorie friendly, as well as being delicious.
I made one tiny addition to the ingredients – the sticky sauce was quite strong , so I added a little brown sugar. This worked a treat and I think gave the sauce more of an Asian sweet/salty taste. For Jamie’s original, just leave out!
And if you count the ingredients it’s 7, but who is actually counting?
1 large eggplant (aubergine)
4 spring onions
1 fresh red chilli
20g unsalted peanuts + a few extra for scattering
1 tbls olive oil
2 tbls teriyaki sauce
1 tsp brown sugar (optional – my addition)
Put a 26cm non-stick frying pan on a high heat and pour in 250mls of water.
Halve the eggplant lengthways, quickly slash the skin of each half a few times and place skin side up in the pan, then season with sea salt and black pepper.
Cover and cook for l0 minutes, or until it boils dry and begins to sizzle (listen for the change in sound).
Meanwhile, trim the spring onions. Cut the whites into 3cm lengths at an angle and put aside.
Deseed the chilli and ﬁnely slice Iengthways with the green part of the spring onions. Place both in a bowl of ice-cold water and put aside to crisp up.
When the eggplant starts to sizzle, add l tablespoon of olive oil, the white spring onions and the peanuts to the pan, stirring regularly.
After 2 minutes, add a splash of water, drizzle in the teriyaki, stir in the brown sugar and reduce to a medium heat.
Turn the eggplant, jiggle the pan and let it get sticky for a few minutes, then serve sprinkled with the drained green spring onions and chilli and a few peanuts scattered over the dish.