I’ve never met fairy eggplant before now but they are so darling that I couldn’t resist them at the farmers market. Neon lavender with streaks of white, they rival any impressionistic palette. Happily, this variety lacks the light bitterness of a regular garden variety eggplant. It is best eaten when only 4 inches or so long. When roasted it becomes soft and creamy with intensified flavor. This is the perfect ingredient for this roasted tapas dish.
Tapas, ‘small plates’, are a wide variety of appetizers or snacks originating in Spanish Cuisine. Nancy Hartwell, executive chef of My Kitchen Catering and tapas instructor, explains that when people would sip sherry on a restaurant patio the sweet wine aroma would collect flies. To keep them at bay, a small plate would be put on top of the glass. In time, it just made sense to serve little morsels of goodness on the plates to encourage conversation and lingering a little longer. Several combined together become a tasty meal with a variety of textures and flavors.
This tapas dish features roasted veggies served in a fragrant and fresh vinaigrette. The colors are bright before baking and rustic after roasting. Use which ever vegetables you love.
1/3 cup vinegar
1 large Clove Garlic
2 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
1/3 cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
1. Cut vegetables in bite size pieces.
2. Spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil lightly over all and season with salt and pepper. Mix to evenly coat vegetables.
4. In the meantime, combine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a food processer or blender and process until garlic is finely chopped. With motor running, drizzle oil to slowly blend and emulsify.
6. Serve on small plates as a starter, appetizer or as a side dish with dinner.
• Use other vegetables such as yellow squash, green or yellow peppers or yellow onion. Three vegetables work well if one of them is a pepper or onion.
• Try different vinegars such as red, apple cider, or sherry
Inspiration—My Kitchen Catering
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