Monday, April 26, 2010

Sicilian Vegetable Stew

This yummy recipe will take 2 hours foe preparation and 40 min to cook. You can serve six people. All you need is:
1 Courgette that is (sliced)
75 ml (3 fl oz) of Extra virgin olive oil (for the initial sauté)
500 g of (1.1 lb) Aubergines (diced)
1 Celery stalk (sliced)
100 ml (4 fl oz) of White wine vinegar
25 g (1 oz)of Pine kernels
10 g (1 tbs) of Sugar
25 g (1 oz) Raisins
25 g (1 oz) of Capers
400 g (14 oz)of Chopped tomatoes
2 Bell peppers one yellow and one red-sliced into strips
½ tbs of Dry basil finely chopped 5 leaves of fresh basil alternatively
75 g (3 oz) of Green olives (stoned and cut in half)
300 g (11 oz) of Potatoes (diced)
60 g (2 ½ oz) of Sun dried tomatoes, that preserved in oil will also work 750 ml of Light olive oil for the frying of the aubergine, celery and courgette and celery For seasoning salt and black pepper

Siclian Vegetable Stew

You can start with, the first step is Dice the aubergines, put them into colander add lots of salt, and leave for couple of hours, salt is used to extract the bitter dark juice from the aubergines, after two hours rinse the aubergines, before frying them pat them dry.

Then you prepare the rest vegetables, cut slices of courgette into 3 mm as well as of celery.
Peel off the skin of peppers and cut them into strips, 5cm long and 5mm thick.
Now the vegetables are ready to be fried, timing of frying would be dictated by the aubergines, because they need to cleaning before use, when they are read, fry the vegetables.Before frying revive the raisins soaking them in lukewarm water for about 15-20 minutes, then drain them.
Put light olive oil and heat it, then fry aubergines, after 4 min remove them. Fry courgette and celery. for four four min respectively, using same oil and remove them.
Mix three vegetables together.
To prepare initial sauté, Put the extra virgin olive oil into a large pan and start to sauté the onion., when onion starts softening then add the peppers and continue with the sauté. Stir well so that both onion and pepper are well coated with oil, make onion golden brown, now add chopped tomatoes.Stir well. Now add dry basil,then diced potatoes, stir well if sauce is dry then add half a glass ( roughly 100 ml) of boiled water. .Cook it for 10 min.
After 10 min, add sugar and vinegar,then capers and kernels. Now add raisins, green olives, dried tomatoes, stir well add salt, pepper, now add fried vegetables, stir well and cook it for 20 min After 20 min remove the pan, better serve it cool. You can add bread also,Use some home made bread to prepare a bruschetta-like dish. Slice the bread. You need to heat a cast iron heat pan,now grill the bread from both the sides. Finally,serve the vegetable stew over a slice of bread.

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