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End-of-Summer Eggplant Stew

A delicious end to the summer. Buy varieties of summer squash, eggplant, and snap beans that appeal to you at the farmer’s market. View this stew as a way to savor the flavors of late summer. Very little seasoning is needed – a good amount of humble freshly ground black pepper will really do the trick.

This recipe is infinitely adaptable, and one that I adapted myself from Deborah Madison’s lovely Local Flavors – a favorite cookbook of mine and Witch Pilgrim‘s.

Can you believe these are eggplants?! Amazing!

End-of-Summer Eggplant Stew

3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions
4 gloves garlic, minced
5 fat thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons oregano, chopped (or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried)
2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
5-8 oddly shaped & sized eggplants (white, Japanese, Thai, Hybrid Ruby, Black Beauty, or a few handfuls those tiny striped ones), cut into slim 2-inch lengths
a few handfuls of your favorite snap beans (yellow wax, green, purple, etc.)
1 1/2 pounds summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into chunks
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine

1.) Heat olive oil in a your largest Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, thyme, and oregano and cook for 10 minutes or so; until golden. Add tomato paste and use your wooden spoon to really work it into the onions.

2.) Add your veggies and cook for 15 minutes; until fragrant and beginning to brown. Season with salt. Add the wine and use your spoon to release all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow the wine to cook off a bit; 2 minutes.

3.) Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 12-18 minutes; until veggies are delectably tender throughout. Fish out the barren thyme sprigs. Season with pepper and more salt, if needed. Serve with freshly shaved parmesan, a chunk of good homemade bread and a glass of red!


Summer Vegetable Frittata

My very first attempt at a frittata was immensely satisfying. Watching this mess of raw eggs and scraps of veggies transform itself in a mere 3 minutes into a handsomely browned, restaurant-worthy egg pie had me eagerly telling my friends of my feat – but no one seemed too impressed. Am I the only one who’s never made a frittata before?!

Summer Vegetable Frittata
Serves 4

9 large FRESH eggs
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 cup zucchini or any other summer squash you have hanging out in your fridge
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup tomato, diced

1.) Combine eggs, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl and whisk until frothy. Set aside.

2.) Heat olive oil in a large, broiler-proof skillet (10-12 inches is fine). Add onions and saute for 1 minute. Add zucchini, bell pepper, thyme, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and garlic. Cover and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally; until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid cooks off; 5 minutes or so.

2.) Preheat broiler to high heat. Pour eggs into skillet and stir gently to combine. Cover reduce heat, and cook for 15 minutes, until the center is about to set.

3.) Broil frittata for 3-8 minutes; until cooked through. Serve with hot sauces, if desired.