Aubergine agrodolce

Aubergine agrodolce. Photograph: Harry Weir

Aubergine agrodolce. Photograph: Harry Weir

Sat, Apr 3, 2021, 05:55

  • Serves: 6
  • Cooking Time: 45 mins
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • 75ml olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, trimmed and diced into 1cm pieces
  • 100g dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 150ml red wine
  • 1tsp five spice or allspice
  • 1tbsp golden brown sugar
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar


1 Put the olive oil into a pot and add the aubergine. Cook for 10 minutes over a medium heat then add the figs, wine, five spice and sugar.

2 Reduce the heat and cook gently for 20-30 minutes, until all the wine has evaporated and it becomes jammy.

3 Add the balsamic vinegar, allow to cool a little, then crush with a potato masher till it all comes together.