Eggplant and Tomato Ratatouille with Carr's® crackers
Prep Time: 120 min
Total Time: 195 min
- 3 cloves garlic, divided
- 1 medium eggplant (about 1 1/4 lb.)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium fennel bulb
- 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups total)
- 4 springs fresh basil leaves
- 42 small fresh basil leaves or fennel leavers
- 21 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 42 Carr's® Table Water® Crackers
- or Carr's® Table Water® Crackers Baked with Roasted Garlic & Herbs
1. Cut one of the garlic cloves into quarters. Very thinly slice remaining two garlic cloves. Set aside.
2. Lengthwise cut eggplant into halves. Use sharp knife to cut 1-inch-deep diagonal cuts on flat sides of eggplant halves. Insert quartered garlic clove into cuts. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. In 15 x10 x 1-inch baking pan place eggplant halves, cut sides up. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. Turn eggplant. Bake at 300°F about 1 hour or until eggplant is soft.
3. Meanwhile, core and very thinly slice fennel bulb (you should have about 2 ½ cups). In medium saucepan cook fennel in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat about 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in sliced garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat about 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Stir in tomatoes. Remove from heat.
4. When eggplant is cool enough to handle scoop out the pulp of eggplant. Stir into mixture in saucepan. Add 4 sprigs basil. Cook, covered, over low heat for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid. Continue cooking, uncovered, over low heat abut 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
5. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes. Remove basil springs. Stir in remaining salt and remaining pepper. To serve, spoon about 2 teaspoons eggplant mixture on each cracker. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and tomato halves, if desired.