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Marinated eggplant, basil and mozzarella piadine

Australian Gourmet Traveller vegetarian appetiser recipe for marinated eggplant, basil and mozzarella piadine

By Emma Knowles
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking plus proving
  • Serves 6
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Marinated eggplant, basil and mozzarella piadine
Piadina is an Italian flatbread from the Romagna region traditionally cooked on a testo or chargrill pan. You’ll need to start this recipe a day ahead.


  • 1 large purple eggplant, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 60 ml olive oil (¼ cup)
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml red wine vinegar
  • 25 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) oregano leaves
  • 2 (about 200gm each) buffalo mozzarella, coarsely torn
  • To serve: basil leaves and wild rocket
Piadina dough
  • 30 ml olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 200 gm plain flour
  • 70 gm semolina


  • 1
    Lightly brush both sides of eggplant slices with a little olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a large chargrill pan or barbecue over high heat and cook eggplant, in batches, until golden and tender (1-2 minutes on each side). Transfer to a bowl, add lemon juice, vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano and remaining olive oil and stir to combine. Season generously to taste, then transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight or for up to a week. Bring to room temperature and drain (reserving marinade) before using.
  • 2
    For piadina dough, combine 180ml (¾ cup) warm water, oil and yeast in a bowl, stirring to dissolve yeast. Combine flour, semolina and 1½ tsp sea salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix on low speed to combine. Add yeast mixture in a steady stream, mixing to combine, increase to medium speed and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (about 2 hours). Knock back dough, divide into 6 even pieces and roll each piece into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Heat a large chargrill pan or barbecue over medium-high heat. Roll each ball of dough into a 2mm-thick rectangle (to fit the size of your chargrill plate or barbecue) and brush both sides of each piece with oil. Cook one at a time until lightly golden (2-3 minutes on each side). Transfer to a platter, scatter with drained eggplant, mozzarella, basil and rocket, drizzle with reserved marinade, season to taste and serve.
  • Author: Emma Knowles