Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant

Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant
Mikkel Vang


  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 5 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small eggplant, about 6 inches long, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 zucchini, about 5 inches long, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

A vegetable side dish — or vegetarian main dish — that even those who think they hate zucchini and eggplant will love. The trick to this dish is to bake it much longer than you might expect and keep pushing down the mixture with a spatula to release the moisture. When it's done, the vegetables will be deeply caramelized, soft, and luscious.

From Lucinda Scala Quinn's "MAD Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys."

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Pour some of the olive oil to cover the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch rectangular or 12-inch oval baking dish. Layer in half of the onion slices and one third of the tomatoes. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a layer of eggplant and sprinkle on more salt. Add another third of the tomatoes, the zucchini, garlic, thyme, and the remaining onions. Top with the remaining tomatoes. Press down on the mixture with your hands. Pour over the remaining olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. (Don't worry. The vegetables will be piled high but collapse as they cook.)

Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours. After 45 minutes, press the mixture down firmly with a spatula. The vegetables should be reduced in height, and should be brownish-black and caramelized, almost charred in places. Return to the oven to finish roasting. Let cool for at least 10 minutes, so the mixture can solidify a bit. Cut into squares and serve.


Calories per serving:

157 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 75g 115%
  • Carbs 66g 22%
  • Saturated 11g 53%
  • Fiber 23g 93%
  • Sugars 41g
  • Monounsaturated 53g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 14g 29%
  • Sodium 69mg 3%
  • Calcium 186mg 19%
  • Magnesium 189mg 47%
  • Potassium 3,194mg 91%
  • Iron 4mg 25%
  • Zinc 3mg 20%
  • Phosphorus 397mg 57%
  • Vitamin A 235µg 26%
  • Vitamin C 153mg 255%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 38%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 78%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 271µg 68%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 72%
  • Vitamin K 111µg 138%
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