Thursday, August 11, 2016

Farmers Market Challenge: Eggplant

When my farmer market friend handed me a couple of her home grown eggplants and said "make something for me and bring it back" I happily took on the challenge. Sudawan "Sue" Richardson (from Richardson's Farm) is originally from Thailand, where she was a school teacher.  Her farm is a 5-acre plot near Fairmont, West Virginia.  It  is covered in a large variety of produce from a few fruit trees, a berry patch, herb garden, rows upon rows of tomatoes and peppers, and a large variety of other veggies that can be found at her market table. Sue happily invites people to visit the farm for events, tours, or if you have a desire to pick produce.  Sue has mentored many a university student in the few years I have known her.

The recipe I made was in a free magazine I picked up at Krogers Grocery Store.  I don't stock spicy peppers at home, so my product has sweet peppers.  While I'm a good fat advocate (this recipe has extra virgin olive oil and anchovy fillets) I always cut down on the amount.  The student at Sue's table enjoyed the dip!  So I repeated the recipe at home and enjoyed a platter for breakfast!

Spicy Eggplant Dip

(Serves 3-about 1/2 cup each)

Pierce eggplants several times with fork.  Roast on foil lined baking sheet at 450 for 40 minutes, turning frequently.
2 medium eggplants (about 8 ounce each) 
Cool roasted eggplant.  Peel and dice.

Mix paste, vinegar, paprika and Mrs. Dash.
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash

Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes, stirring.  Add eggplant, tomato paste mixture, peppers and anchovies.  Cook 10 minutes.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup peppers, diced
2 canned anchovy fillets, chopped

Garnish with chopped cilantro.
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 


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