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Don’t know what to call this August 13, 2009

Posted by life2d in main course.
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I was trying to find a way to include some eggplant into our dishes and I came up with this stew of sorts. First time I made this, it was a big success, but I forgot to take pictures. Now I have done it a second time but substituted two of the potatoes with one zucchini and one summer squash. So, I guess I could call it:

Summer Stew

2 breakfast patties (optional, but it tastes oh so good with this)

1 large eggplant (cut into big chunks set in a bowl with salt)

6 medium potatoes

1 medium onion (chopped)

1 red pepper

2 celery stalks

2Tbsp olive oil

about 1 lb. of sliced mushrooms

1 Tbsp paprika

1-2 tsp salt (to taste)

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp allspice

 

Heat oil in pan on low; bring the heat up to medium-low and fry the onions for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery and pepper(chopped together) and fry 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in paprika and stir-fry for about one minute. Stir in the mushrooms , cover the pan and let cook until the mushrooms start to release their juices (about 10 minutes). Meanwhile drain the eggplant, rinse in cold water and drain again and cut the potatoes into chunks. Add the eggplant and potatoes (zucchini and squash if using), water, pepper, salt and allspice. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

Microwave the two breakfast patties for 90 seconds (turning them over half way through) and cut in very small pieces (crumble). Add to the stew and simmer covered for a couple more minutes. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve with a salad.

(Note to self: takes about 90 minutes with the prep work.)

Not the most appetizing looking thing, huh?

Not the most appetizing looking thing, huh?

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