Eggplant & Zucchini Pie

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READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 6-8
YIELD: 1 pie
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • To prepare the filling, lightly brush a baking pan with olive oil. Place the eggplant halves skin side up on the pan and roast in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes, or until completely tender.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cool, carefully scoop out the flesh and transfer to a strainer, discarding the skin. Let drain for 20 minutes, and then chop coarsely.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until blended.
  • Gradually pour in the milk while stirring and continues to stir until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from the heat. Fold in the goat cheese and the eggs one by one.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.
  • Add the chopped eggplant and garlic into the mixture.
  • Spoon the eggplant mixture into the pie shell and spread it out evenly.
  • Slice the tomatoes and zucchinis into thin slices. Beginning on the outermost edge of the pie and working clockwise, arrange
  • alternating tomato and zucchini disks on top of the eggplant mixture, overlapping slightly. To fill the center, arrange alternating tomato and zucchini disks counter clockwise, overlapping slightly.
  • Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, thyme leaves and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the eggplant pie on a baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake about 30 minutes.
  • To prepare the sauce, combine the olive oil and onion in a saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper
  • and cook for 15 minutes, or until it thickens. Adjust the seasonings if necessary and stir in the basil. Keep warm.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and un-mold onto a warm serving dish or cut into slices. Serve with the sauce on the side.
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