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Friday, February 17, 2012

Ratatouille

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We have not had a whole lot of success in our garden, BUT we have had success with eggplant and tomatoes (previously also turnips, beets and radishes).  So I polled my facebook foodie friends for ideas on what to do with eggplant.  Here is my first attempt at a recipe.  I must say it was actually pretty tasty. Q says it needs meat, but I tried to explain to him that eggplant is a meat substitute, he didn’t care. 
Here is the recipe I used.

  • 1 onion, sliced thin

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • a 3/4-pound eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

  • 1 small zucchini, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise, and cut into thin slices

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 3/4 pound small ripe tomatoes, chopped coarse (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
    In a large skillet cook the onion and the garlic in 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil and heat it over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking. Add the eggplant and cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until the eggplant is softened. Stir in the zucchini and the bell pepper and cook the mixture over the moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook the mixture, stirring occassionaly, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the oregano, the thyme, the coriander, the fennel seeds, the salt, and pepper to taste and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the basil and combine the mixture well. The ratatouille may be made 1 day in advance, kept covered and chilled, and reheated before serving.
    Read More http://www.epicurious.com:80/recipes/food/views/Ratatouille-12164#ixzz1m86Hx1iA


  • You can find it and more fresh veggie recipes on my CSA pinterest board

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