How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 180° Celsius
  • For the filling
  • Get out your chopping board and chop the shallots, green and red peppers and basil. Set aside.
  • Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Slice the two chili peppers carefully down the middle. Whatever you do, don’t touch your eyes afterward
  • Take a deep frying pan and sprinkle it with oil, and fry the Orzo for 5 minutes.
  • Add the shallots, green and red peppers, basil and garlic.
  • When the Orzo looks browned, add in the chili peppers.
  • Pour in the can of chopped tomatoes and also the vegetable stock.
  • Stir and let simmer until the mixture looks more condensed. May take 20 minutes.
  • For the Aubergine(eggplant)
  • Peel the aubergine.
  • Slice it in thin vertical strips, but not too thin that they may tear.
  • Soak the strips in salted water while preparing the filling above.
  • Fry the strips in the 4 tablespoons of oil. It may sound like a lot, but it helps soften the eggplant.
  • Sprinkle generously with salt while frying.
  • When tender put strips onto a paper towel, that way some of the excess oil comes out.
  • The rolling
  • Take each strip and place a spoonful of the Orzo filling on top.
  • Carefully take both ends of the eggplant strip and pull them up towards the middle. This is easier than actually rolling the eggplant. If you would rather roll each strip, be extra careful they do not break.
  • Place the now rolled and stuffed eggplant strips into a casserole dish of your choosing.
  • Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • After removing from the oven, grate the mature cheddar cheese over the Dolma.
  • If you have any Orzo left, place a little in the middle of your dish, and surround this with the Rolled Eggplant (Dolma).
  • On top place the now roasted Chili peppers, if you wish. :)
  • Enjoy!!!
  • © 2009 Cooking With Dia

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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Wonderful recipe...I love it! Being Greek I make the traditional dolmathes but I can't wait to try this! High5!
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  • diadesigns 9 years ago
    Hehe, yeah mozzarella is good too, I only had vegan cheddar in my fridge. :)
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
    Love the recipe. I'm leaning toward mozzarella in place of cheddar. Just a thought ;)
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
    Sounds fab! Adore eggplant. Not a fan of the hot stuff, but sure I can work around it, perhaps using sun-dried tomatoes. Thanks much for sharing :) Btw, I'm a native New Yawka, making my home in sunny so california. Welcome.
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