This is a great way to use eggplant from my garden. The first time I made it I followed the recipe almost exactly. I used garden tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes. It was a great side dish. My daughter made it with ground sausage and added carrots instead of olives. I think you could do a lot with it--add shredded chicken or brisket with BBQ sauce and cheddar and so on.
I loved this hearty vegetarian dinner!