I actually have not even eaten this yet but I would give two tips to make the prep easier. 1 dice up the eggplants before you roast the. Has anyone tried to dice after roasting? What a mess! 2 just buy chopped tomatoes if they are going to be chopped anyway. I ask again....has any tried to chop canned whole tomatoes? What a mess!
Eggplant & Chickpea Stew
From EatingWell: January/February 2011
This tasty vegetarian stew, studded with plenty of eggplant and protein-rich chickpeas, is reminiscent of ratatouille. The eggplant breaks down and makes a saucier stew if you peel it before cooking, but you can certainly leave the peel on if you prefer. Serve over quinoa or soft polenta with sautéed spinach on the side.
15 Reviews for Eggplant & Chickpea Stew
This is the only thing I have ever made from Eating Well that was ever bad. The texture was mushy and terrible. I served it over quinoa. My kids couldn't eat it. They were literally gagging. We ended up ordering pizza. I set an example by getting mine down, but couldn't tolerate it the next day. I thought, "What a waste of food!" so I had the bright idea to make the accompanying pasta dish, thinking that might make it better. I was wrong. It was just as terrible. I am actually surprised that the other reviews were so positive.
This stew was great! I served it over rice, but also had some just by itself. Both times it was fantastic! A friend randomly stopped by tonight, and after we hung out, she left with a tupperware full of the leftovers. :)
I can only assume that they call for dried & soaked chickpeas so that they absorb the flavor of the stew during cook time. Since I couldn't find that, I used canned and added them with the tomatoes in the last hour of cooking.
I really enjoyed this. The roasted eggplant adds a toothsome texture, though the dominant flavor profile seems to come from the tomatoes. That's not a problem for me, since I love them.
We ate this as a standalone stew, but sure would be great on top of grains like quinoa, pasta, or rice. Also might consider adding hot sauce and topping with cheddar cheese.
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