Baked Adzuki Beans With Eggplant and Tomatoes

Recipe by FlemishMinx
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Pick over and discard any damaged beans or stones; rinse the beans, then place in a sauce pan adding plenty of water to cover; soak for a minimum of three hours (can be all day).
  • Drain the beans and return to the sauce pan with enough water to cover by 2 inches.
  • Add the bouquet garni and bring water to the boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered until the beans are tender (20 to 40 minutes); drain and set aside, discarding the bouquet garni.
  • Place the eggplant cubes in a colander and sprinkle with kosher or sea salt; let drain for 30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels (this step can be done while the beans are boiling).
  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat 4 TBS of the olive oil then add the eggplant and saute until lightly browned on all sides (5 to 10 minutes).
  • When the eggplant has browned, transfer to a large baking dish (I use an oval 35 cm X 24 cm).
  • In the same frying pan, heat the remaining 2 TBS olive oil and saute the onion until it begins to soften but not brown (about 5 minutes).
  • Add in the garlic and continue to saute 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock, allspice, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste; simmer slowly for 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
  • Add the beans and the basil to the baking dish, and mix everything well.
  • Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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