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Grilled Aubergines, Saba, Pine Nuts, Ricotta Salata and Mint

A surprisingly delicious combination of smoky aubs, salty cheese, toasty nuts and sweet-sharp dressing.

Serves 4-6 as an antipasti or side dish

80g pine nuts

3 large aubergines

1 tbsp balsamic

1 tbsp sapa

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tbsp lemon juice

Zest of half a lemon, grated

5 tbsp best olive oil

Pinch of chilli flakes

80g ricotta salata

A handful of mint, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 170. Toast the pine nuts for a few minutes, until golden.

Slice the aubergines into rounds about the thickness of a pound. Heat a griddle pan.

Grill the aubergines in batches, making sure they take a good amount of colour.

Set them aside.

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk well. Slice the ricotta into shards.

Lay the aubergine slices out and drizzle over the dressing. Sprinkle over the mint, the nuts and the ricotta.

Serve, at room temperature, warm or cold. It is delicious any which way.


Letitia Clark
Letitia Clark
May 01, 2020

Hi Paul - sorry for slow reply - sapa is grape molasses - should be able to find it in online. This is one from the book! Hope you enjoy it


Thank you for sharing this tasty looking recipe, I will give it a try as soon as I can find all of the ingredients. Please can you tell me what Saba (or sapa, as listed in the ingredients section) is and where I can source it from? Is this recipe from your new book or an extra one you have kindly shared with us all? I can't wait for tomorrow (30/04/20), I will hopefully be able to read your new book via the Kindle app. I have also ordered the hardback edition and can't wait for that version to arrive either. I love real books even more! Best wishes, Paul from Poole

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