We first tasted this dish, berenjena con miel de caña, in a backstreet place in Malaga city. We were with Lisa Sadleir, from Family Life in Spain, and I was moaning that I couldn’t get to grips with berenjena (eggplant/aubergine) and would love to find a recipe using it that I actually enjoyed. She suggested I tried this dish, and now I’m hooked!
A few months ago, I asked Alan to pick me up some honey when he was off to the supermarket. I told him that the word for honey was miel, and off he went. However, what he brought home was miel de caña… really not what I was after. It sat in our fridge ever since… and I really didn’t fancy it. But, once we’d tried this dish in Malaga, I knew it finally had a use. Miel de caña is simply cane sugar… or molasses. You can get that in most supermarkets.
This recipe is probably one of the easiest on the site – and regular visitors will know how easy our recipes are, so it’s no small statement. Or as they say in Spain No es moco de pavo, which directly translates as it’s not turkey snot.
Anyway – give this recipe a go. It’s a really fast recipe and great for unexpected visitors
- One eggplant.. or aubergine… or whatever you want to call it
- Miel de caña for drizzling
- Couple of spoonfuls of flour
- Plenty of olive oil for frying
- Cut your aubergine into really thin slices – a couple of millimetres is perfect
- Pop the slices into a bowl of water and leave it for half an hour. Soaking before use takes some of the bitterness out
- Drain well and toss in the flour
- Deep fry in batches. When they are golden brown and floating, they are done. You can keep them warm in a low oven while you fry the rest
- Drain on paper towels and arrange on a plate or in a bowl
- Drizzle the miel de caña on top
- Serve immediately
Spain Buddy tips
- Miel de caña isn’t to everyone’s taste… so you may be safer just serving the aubergine on a plate and letting people drizzle their own miel
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.