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Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Pepper And Parmesan Torte

Ingredients & Directions

2 lg Onions; about 1 lb
1 Clove garlic
2/3 c Olive oil
1 26 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 tb Fresh sage leaves; finely
1 1/2 ts Fresh thyme leaves; finely
2 lg Eggplants; 2.5 lb total
4 lg Zucchini; 1-3/4 lb total
4 lg Red bell peppers
2 tb Unsalted butter
3 tb All-purpose flour
1 c Milk
1 c Heavy cream
3 lg Eggs
6 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano; freshly

Halve onions through root end and thinly slice. Finely chop garlic. In a
large heavy skillet cook onions with salt to taste in 2 tbsp oil, covered,
over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 15
minute. Add garlic and cook mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally,
until any liquid onions give off is evaporated. Add tomatoes with juice,
sage, and thyme and simmer, stirring occasionally, until excess liquid is
evaporated and mixture is very thick. Season mixture with salt and pepper
and cool.

Preheat oven to 450?F. brush at least 2 shallow baking pans with some
remaining oil.

Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/3″ thick rounds and arrange in one layer in
baking pans. Brush eggplant slices with some remaining oil and roast in
upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans halfway through
roasting time, untill tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Cool eggplants 5
minutes and transfer with a slotted spatula to paper towels to drain.

Cut zucchini lengthwise into 1/3 inch thick slices and roast in same manner
until tender and pale golden, about 25 minutes. Cool zucchini 5 minutes and
transfer to paper towels to drain.

Quarter bell peppers lengthwise and discard stems, seeds, and ribs. Arrange
peppers, skin sides up, in oiled baking pans and brush with some remaining
oil. Roast peppers in same manner until tender and lightly browned, about
20 minutes. Cool peppers 5 minutes and transfer to paper towels to drain.

In a 1-1/2 to 2 quart heavy saucepan, melt butter over moderately low heat
and whisk in flour. Cook roux, whisking, 3 minutes and whisk in milk and
cream. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking, and simmer, whisking
occasionally, 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cool sauce 5 minutes.
Whisk in eggs, two thirds Parmigiano, and salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 400?F and lightly oil a 14x10x2-1/2 inch or other 3-1/2 qt
shallow baking dish.

In baking dish, arrange half of eggplant, overlapping slices to form an
even layer, and season with salt and pepper. Top eggplant with half of
tomato mixture, spreading evenly, and pour about one third Parmigiano
custard over it. Nestle half of zucchini in custard and season with salt
and pepper. Top zucchini with half of peppers. Repeat layering, reserving
half of remaining custard for topping. Pour reserved custard over final
layer of peppers and sprinkle with remaining grated Parmigiano.

Bake torte in middle of oven until custard is puffed and golden brown,
about 35 minutes. Let torte stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8 as
a main course or 10 as a side-dish.

8 servings

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