Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On My Hearth: Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans


Last night's dinner consisted of Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans and fresh bread. Both were absolutely delicious! 

I love making my own bread but don't really like the end result of loaves baked in my bread machine, they have a strange consistency and I just can't get past that weird shape! I saw this recipe and decided to give it a try, appreciated the fact that I was able to use the machine for the kneading/rising, then pop the dough into a loaf pan for the final rise and bake.  Perfect! 

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As for the stew, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the eggplant. While I've yet to meet a vegetable I don't love, my only experience with eggplant has been the breaded Italian variety.  The end result was a pleasant surprise! The stew was thick & hearty, made 6 very generous portions.  Because I enjoy strong flavors/spices, I doubled the amount of dried herbs in the recipe, and topped with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan when serving.  A thick slice of crusty bread allowed me to soak up every single drop! So yummy, will definitely be making this one again.  

Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans photo 20130903_165328_zps3b5aecd8.jpg 

Today's plan is to catch up on a couple of household chores and perhaps take Loki for a nice long walk.  It's so hot outside, am dreaming of cooler autumn temps! 

Have a wonderful day,

Michele~ 

6 comments:

  1. I saw that recipe yesterday and thought it sounded good. I guess I'll have to try it.

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    1. Karen, please let me know if you try it! I had so much leftover, wish you and Al were here to share. :)

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  2. That looks like a really hearty, warming combination. I used to have a love hate thing with eggplant - I find taking the skin off seems to cure most of its bad bits!

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    1. Joey, you are so right! Removing the skin changes the texture completely, love it!

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  3. This sounds delicious - and my husband loves eggplant!

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    1. Amy, please let me know if you try it, hope hubby enjoys! :)

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