Famer’s Market Dinner!

Evelyn and I ran to a nearby farmers market yesterday. During the summer months, Chicago has farmers markets everyday of the week, so there’s never a shortage of tasty produce. The colorful displays of fresh vegetables inspired last night’s meal.

This recipe started with something I saw in this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. It was very easy to put together, and my husband and I felt so satisfied and happy with every bite. Bonus: this tastes great at room temperature and even better the next day so it is a great meal to prepare for guests ahead of time.

Ratatouille With Fried Eggs
Serves 8

1 large eggplant, cut into 3/4″ chunks
3 large tomatoes, cut into 3/4″ chunks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 medium onion, halved and sliced
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, cut into 3/4″ chunks
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 3/4″ chunks
8 slices rustic bread
8 eggs
kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

1. Toss tomatoes, thyme and oregano with 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a very large bowl. Set aside to marinate.
2. Toss eggplant, onion, garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil together. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on to a large rimmed baking sheet.
3. Toss zuccini and bell peppers with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on to a second large rimmed baking sheet.
4. Roast both sheets of vegetables until golden and tender (about 45 minutes). Rotate the pans once during roasting.
5. Remove pans from oven and immediately add hot vegetables to the large bowl with tomatoes. Stir well to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Brush bread slices with olive oil and toast in the oven, about 2 minutes
7. Fry up some eggs how you like ’em (the Martha Stewart version called for poached eggs, so keep that in mind, too).
8. Assemble: put one piece of toast on a plate, spoon on a generous helping of ratatouille, and top with the fried egg.


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  1. Andrew S Wienick says:

    Sounds delicious! Eggs & Veg are SOOOO good together!

    BTW, if ever you're in Northern California, you simply MUST check out the Davis Farmer's Market: http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

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