Cheesy potato and brinjal side dish


It has been raining non-stop for the past three weeks. Although at first the rain made for cooler weather – which was fantastic as we experienced temperatures deep into the 30’s – the constant drizzle reminds me why I choose to live in South Africa and not England, for instance.

With the rain also comes the constant urge to eat. And I don’t mean healthy stuff like fruit and veg, I’m talking full-blown pancakes, pastas and potato dishes. And cheese. Lots of cheese. This potato and brinjal dish is very rich; I suggest serving it with chicken and some greens. You can also omit the pecorino cheese which will bring down the cheese radar.



3 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

2 large brinjals, thinly sliced

50 g blue cheese

Handful of grated pecorino cheese

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons butter

400 ml milk


  1. In a saucepan, mix the butter and flour into a paste over a medium heat.  Gradually add milk while continuously stirring. Beware of lumps.
  2. When the sauce is thick and starts boiling, add the blue cheese and lots of black pepper.
  3. In an ovenproof dish, lay out  a layer of potatoes, a layer of brinjals, and another layer of potatoes on top of the brinjals. Continue layering until the potatoes and brinjals are done.
  4. Top the potatoes and brinjals with the blue cheese sauce and bake for about 1 hour at 200 degrees.
  5. Sprinkle with pecorino cheese and bake for another 10 minutes or so.

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