Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Diner Provençal

Any occasion is good to get together for a meal. I have had another terrific experience when an old friend, Delphine, came for dinner.

Weather was nice and called for a sunny menu!

Delphine came with a magnum of Rosé wine, Côtes de provence Château Cavalier, which was crisp and refreshing, perfect for what was to follow: Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb and Aubergines Provençales

Of course we sat around the table for a great deal of the evening, France oblige, and talked about all that happened since the last time we were together. A fine evening!

Aubergines Provençales

5 eggplants
18 plum tomatoes (also called Roma)
2 medium onions, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
6 sprigs of fresh basil
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Wash and dry the eggplants, tomatoes and basil.
Quarter the tomatoes lenghtwise.

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onions. When golden and soft, add half the garlic and then the tomatoes. Cook until most of the water has evaporated and the sauce has thickened.

While the tomatoes are cooking, cut the eggplants: first cut them lengthwise into 5 slices, then cut each slice lenghtwise again in about 5 strips, and finally cut each strips into smaller strips, about 2 inches long.

When the tomatoes have reached sauce consistency, add the eggplants and half the basil and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the eggplants are soft, but not mushy.

When cooked, add the remaining garlic and stir to mix. Drizzle with olive oil and the remaining basil before serving.

This dish can be served either hot or at room temperature. Leftovers are to be kept in the fridge, and can be served cold also!

1 comment:

  1. Coucou Flo
    Excellente recette pour ce soir , miam,
    Nous ne sommes plus a marsinval, mais venez donc faire un tour a Bordeaux avant de retraverser l atlantique . Bisous, steph et erwan


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