Monday, August 15, 2011

Market Mondays: Roasted Fairytale Eggplants Over Spiced Lentils


Sunday's rain turned to a light mist on Monday and brought substantially lower temps. I was glad for the reprieve from what has been an incredibly hot and humid summer, and took full advantage by making something a little more comforting for this week's edition of Market Mondays.

I started by roasting garlic, onions, red peppers, tomatoes and fairytale eggplants with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. The first four were combined and quickly turned into a puree- an easy task with a food processor. The puree made its way into a shallow dish and was topped with spiced lentils (prepared with a dash of chili and curry powders) and roasted fairytale eggplants. A great combination of flavors and a hearty break from light summer salads.

Extra large garlic bulbs
Onions- $1/pound
Some of the brightest red peppers I've seen to date- $3/pound
Box after box of multi-colored heirloom tomatoes- some of summer's best
Fairytale eggplants lose their attractive purple hue and take on a homely brown when roasted
A dish I will definitely make again come fall

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