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Aubergines with Serrano Ham

This is one of the best tapas I know, the finest Spanish produce available are combined to make a sumptuous, tender dish.

You will need (serves 4)

1 large aubergine
3 ripe tomatoes
8-10 slices of Serrano Ham
150g grated cheese
Generous bunch of fresh oregano, finely chopped
Olive oil

How to cook:

1.Prepare the tomato sauce by roughly chopping the tomatoes, place in a pan with a pinch of salt and cook on a medium heat for about half an hour until the tomatoes reduce. For a smooth sauce, you can blend the tomatoes with a hand blender before cooking.
2.Wash the aubergine and then cut lengthways into thick slices.
3.Place the aubergine slices onto a serving dish, sprinkle with salt and then leave for half an hour.

4. When the tomato sauce is cooked, turn off the heat. Pat the aubergine slices dry and fry on both sides in a little olive oil until tender.
5.Place tinfoil onto a baking tray and oil lightly. Lay the aubergines onto the tray and spread the tomato sauce onto each slice.

6.Put a slice or two of Serrano ham on top of the aubergines, sprinkle with cheese and then with the oregano.

7.Cook under a hot grill until the cheese melts.
8.Serve whilst hot.