The Green Barbecue: Rukmini Iyer’s aubergine and goat’s cheese stacks with honey and thyme

The goat’s cheese melts between the aubergine slices, scented with thyme – perfect by themselves or squashed between crusty white rolls.

aubergine and goat's cheese stacks
David Loftus


2 large, evenly sized aubergines
2 x 100g rind-on goat’s cheese wheels
A handful of fresh lemon thyme sprigs
Olive oil, for brushing
Sea salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
Runny honey
Crusty bread rolls, to serve

  1. Cut the aubergines into 1 cm slices, and the goat’s cheese into very thin rounds. Sandwich each piece of goat’s cheese between two similarly sized slices of aubergine, along with a sprig of thyme. Brush both sides of the aubergine with oil and add a tiny pinch of sea salt flakes and black pepper.
  2. Once your barbecue is ready, place the aubergine stacks on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes per side, until the aubergine is cooked through and the cheese has melted. You can flip them every 5-6 minutes or so and give them a brush with olive oil.
  3. Transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with honey, scatter over the remaining thyme, and serve with crusty rolls on the side.

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The Green BarbecueOur recipes are from The Green Barbecue by Rukmini Iyer, published by Square Peg, price £17.99. To order a copy for £15.29 until 9 May call 020 3308 9193 or go to Free p&p on orders over £20. Rukmini has donated her fee for this extract to Refuge.