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A lot of eggplant, a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a crock pot! Will it work?

Diana Sep 4, 2007 12:09 PM

I was thinking of chunking the eggplant tossing it in, pouring in the tomatoes and adding garlic, salt and pepper, a cup of white wine, olive oil and onions and letting go on low all night.

Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

  1. southernitalian Sep 4, 2007 12:15 PM

    I do something like that in my crock pot. I also add zucchini, onions and mushrooms. I use red wine or sometimes some balsamic vinegar. I live on this stuff when I need to lose a few pounds. Works every time.

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    1. re: southernitalian
      Diana Sep 4, 2007 12:38 PM

      what kind of red do you use?

      1. re: Diana
        southernitalian Sep 6, 2007 10:44 AM

        Usually whatever is open in my kitchen!

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      jr7732 Sep 4, 2007 12:16 PM

      Would you sautee the eggplant first?

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      1. re: jr7732
        southernitalian Sep 4, 2007 12:18 PM

        I never do. I put it all in raw. The crock pot takes care of it.

        1. re: jr7732
          scunge Sep 4, 2007 12:20 PM

          caponata .....tastes good and it stays fresh.....plenty of recipes I dont add garlic to mine some onion but no garlic

          1. re: jr7732
            Diana Sep 4, 2007 12:37 PM

            no, just throw it in all raw... The zuccini sounds like a good idea!

            1. re: Diana
              rudeboy Sep 4, 2007 01:56 PM

              You could switch the oil with butter - butter and tomatoes are yummy....

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            houndgirl Sep 4, 2007 01:59 PM

            Add some kalamata olives and capers!

            1. d
              Diana Sep 5, 2007 06:17 AM

              I did it last night with onion, garlic, a little oil, salt, pepper, eggplant, two types of zucchini, sangiovese, A can of Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, a splash of balsamic and a bit of water. It didn't turn out so good. The flavor is mudddy and has no brightness...sort of acidic. I wanterd more roasty depth with the brite notes of the tomato. I set it on High in the crock for about 4 hours, when the zuccini was done through.

              What did I do wrong?

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              1. re: Diana
                southernitalian Sep 6, 2007 10:46 AM

                Fool around with it. I never make mine the same way twice. I use up whatever needs to be used up. I've never bombed but some attempts are better than others. Did I mention I sprinkle cheese on top?

                1. re: Diana
                  4Snisl Sep 6, 2007 12:19 PM

                  I think you got it in recognizing that it was missing "roasty depth"- when you bake or cook on the stovetop, there's some caramelization of the vegetables (especially the tomatoes) that balances the acidity out.

                  1. re: 4Snisl
                    Anne H Sep 6, 2007 08:08 PM

                    I would saute the onions a bit before throwing them in. Also, I add oregano and lemon juice. (Will say that when I've done this, it has not been in a crock pot, but I don't think that makes a big diff here.) Haven't done it in awhile because other family members are not as enthusiatic about eggplant as I am.

                    1. re: Anne H
                      Mr. Cookie Sep 7, 2007 02:58 PM

                      Ditto on sauteeing the onions first until they're soft, at least a few minutes. Then throw in minced garlic for another minute or two. THEN add the other ingredients.

                      This will make the taste of the finished product more complex and savory.

                  2. re: Diana
                    MobyRichard Sep 6, 2007 12:28 PM

                    A teaspoon of sugar will round out the acidity. I don't think I'd include the zucchini. It adds quite a bit of liquid and not that much flavor or texture, in my opinion. What about a roasted red pepper?

                    1. re: MobyRichard
                      Diana Sep 6, 2007 12:31 PM

                      good idea. Also might help me to do two or three spice dumps through the cooking, as I do with my long cooked chili

                      1. re: Diana
                        chowser Sep 6, 2007 06:52 PM

                        I agree about the zucchini, plus it can add a little bitterness. If you're up for adding chickpeas and kidney beans, I make something along this line:


                        It's really good, especially in the winter.

                        1. re: chowser
                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 6, 2007 08:20 PM

                          eggplant's probably more likely to add bitterness than zucchini, no?

                          regardless, there's so much water in all those veggies, you really should sauté them first to deepen the flavor & evaporate some of the moisture. just tossing everything in raw pretty much guarantees that everything will steam in its own water, plus you're adding other liquids like wine, acid, the tomato juices...sounds pretty soggy to me.

                          i'd also toss in some capers, and if you like heat, some crushed red chili flakes for a little kick.

                          right before you serve it, stir in some chopped or torn fresh basil to brighten the flavor.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            Diana Sep 7, 2007 08:19 AM

                            Of course, sauteeing all the veggies first sort of negates the convenience of using a crock pot!

                            1. re: Diana
                              goodhealthgourmet Sep 7, 2007 10:25 AM

                              i know, sorry. it just makes such a difference!

                              maybe as an alternative you can try using the traditional 'salt & drain' method on the eggplant & zucchini to draw out some of the excess moisture before putting them in the pot. it may increase your prep time a little, but at least it doesn't require additional heat/cooking.

                              1. re: Diana
                                Anne H Sep 7, 2007 03:51 PM

                                Yeah, I would just saute the onion, if I was aiming for convenience. And the garlic. While you are chopping and assembling everything else. Throw the rest together in the crockpot, may need to leave the lid off for awhile at the end and evaporate some of the liquid. It'll be good, maybe not as amazing as if you sauteed everything, but very good. Did I say lemon juice -- at the end of course? And pepper, black or red.

                    2. Gio Sep 5, 2007 06:20 AM

                      This sounds like the classic Italian dish: Giambotta. (spelling is iffy)
                      Add some crushed basil and/or oregano toward the end....and don't forget the crusty bread. What time's dinner?

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