Pisto (Spanish Vegetable Stir-Fry)

"This is a classic dish from Spain. In many regions, 2-3 lightly beaten eggs are stirred into the pan when the vegetables are almost cooked."
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  • Heat the oil & garlic in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Saute the potatoes for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Add the onion & bell peppers and cook for 8-10 more minutes, or until the onion is lightly browned.
  • Add the zucchini & eggplant & cook for additional 5 minutes then add the tomatoes.
  • Season with the spices, pour in the water, & cook for 10-15 minutes more or until all the vegetables are tender.

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  1. RussianMama
    Made without the bellpeppers due to food allergy. Loved it! Very soft and creamy tasting - I think from the potatoes? Didn't do the egg this time.
  2. Enjolinfam
    This was a really yummy stir-fry! Wonderful flavors! I'll be making this again! Thanks!! Made for Fall 2008 PAC.
  3. tara portee
    What a great vegetable/spice combination. A stand out side dish. I used smoked paprika; that added to the flavor. I would suggst adding the garlic later on, as mine got burned by adding it first. I think you could get away with reducing the cooking time quite a bit, I really barely needed to continue cooking it at the last step.
  4. Lucky Chef
    Can I just say YUM! This was outstanding. We left the egg off but I will add it next time. I will be using this as a side dish or early dinner with crusty crunchy bread. Was even better for lunch the next day. Thanks for a very lovely meal.
  5. Justthe8ofus
    I'd recommend adding the egg. This was delicious. The spices worked so well together, but I think the cumin brings the dish together. I made this dish for two and tweaked by sauteing the potatoes until tender, and then adding the rest of the ingredients, including the minced garlic, so as to not burn the garlic. I cooked covered for about 10 minutes, and then added 2 lightly beaten eggs. I made as a main dish but this is really more of a side-dish, IMHO. I love Mediterranean food!! Thanks for posting.


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