The old saying proves true: you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.
I was given the recipe for Eggplant-Tomato Stir-Fry years ago when my husband and I were in a gourmet group. Looking at the ingredients, I was completely unimpressed. However, when I made and tasted it, I was completely IMpressed by how well the flavors blended.
As with most stir-frys, it’s all about the prep. With Eggplant-Tomato Stir-Fry, you wash and chop the veggies, and the cooking goes quickly. Yes, at the end, you do need to cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, but that’s hands-off.
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1 onion, cut into bite-sized slices
- 1 medium eggplant, unpeeled and 1″ cubed
- 1 red pepper, cut into slices or cubes
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 3½ oz (3½cups) fresh spinach leaves, chopped (or 1 frozen 10 oz package chopped)
- 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise then cut into half moons
- 2 tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Heat oil in large skillet – I used a 14″ stainless steel pan. When oil is shimmering, add onions and sauté over medium/high for 2 minutes. One by one, continue to add eggplant, red pepper, garlic & spinach together, zucchini, and finally the tomatoes, cooking each 2 minutes before adding the next. Stir in the salt and pepper.
Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until veggies are tender but not mushy. Taste for seasoning, adjusting as needed.