Chef Andrea Moio
2 small aubergines
1 tablespoon miso
1 celery stick
1 small onion
1 small potato
grated ginger to taste
sesame seeds to taste
chili pepper to taste
herbs (thyme, basil) do taste
250g mozzarella or mature cheese
salt to taste
2 cans of cherry tomatoes, peeled
1 clove of garlic
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Put the finely diced celery, carrot, onion and potato in a saucepan, add the grated ginger and a tablespoon of miso. Bring to the boil mixing every so often, and let it reduce until it is a creamy sauce. If needed, use a stick blender.
In the meantime, sauté gently the garlic in the olive oil in a saucepan. When the garlic is golden, remove and add the cherry tomatoes, a ladle of water, salt, basil and simmer gently, covered for about 10/15 minutes.
Slice the aubergines into rounds, of at least 8 slice 5cm thick, put them on an oven tray and with a knife, make small diamond-shaped cuts in the aubergine flesh. Season with salt, herbs and chili pepper, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake in the oven at 200°C for 30 minutes.
As soon as the aubergine slices are cooked, take them out of the oven. Cut the mozzarella into 4 slices and place on top of 4 aubergine slices and then cover with the remaining 4 aubergine slices to form a sort of sandwich.
The dish must be served hot. Put the miso sauce on the bottom of each plate, place the aubergine sandwich on top and cover with the cherry tomato sauce; garnish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.