so complicated looking. but actually so simple. and so, so, delicious. petits légumes farcis aux petits légumes is the title of this deliciousness. vegetables stuffed with vegetables, en anglais. farcir = to stuff. learned a new verb!
this recipe comes from p. 65 of the june 2008 issue of Saveurs, a french cooking magazine I discovered at half-price books. love love the used bookstore. i also <3 cooking from books/magazines in foreign languages because I always end up learning new vocabulary.
and besides, these are just too adorable – they’re little cups/bowls! how can you resist?
Gather your ingredients. Here is what the magazine listed:
5 medium tomatoes
5 small round zucchinis (the smallest)
1 small regular zucchini
1 fennel bulb
1 small eggplant
1/2 bunch of basil
But here is what I actually ended up using:
A few cherry tomatoes
A few yellow pear tomatoes
1 kabocha squash (i think. please correct me if I’m wrong)
1 large eggplant
1/2 bunch of basil
As you can see, it doesn’t really matter what you use! Just use whatever you have on hand that would seem like a good fit.
With the round squash/tomato, cut off the top and hollow out in the inside. With the eggplant, cut off the ends to a reasonable “cup” size, then dice the middle area. Essentially, just use some common sense when deciding how to cut your veggies into the best bowl shape you can :)
Then, dice everything. The onions, tomatoes, eggplant, hollowed out portions, basil, etc. Chop chop chop! (I wasn’t sure if one usually eats the seeds and stuff from the kabocha sqush, so I just tossed it. Everything else I kept.)
Preheat your oven to 350F. In a skillet, over medium heat, add 1 tbs of olive oil and your onions. Let them soften up, then add the zucchini and eggplant along with 1 more tbs of olive oil. Don’t forget to salt and pepper it to taste. Cook them until they are all nice and soft, and five minutes before they are done, add the basil and tomato plus one last tbs of olive oil. Stir it all together.
Take it out of the oven, let it cool for a bit, and then eat!