Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant

Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant
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Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant

Mikkel Vang

Char-Baked Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant

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, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 13g 19%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 2g 9%
  • Fiber 4g 16%
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 5%
  • Sodium 12mg 0%
  • Calcium 31mg 3%
  • Magnesium 32mg 8%
  • Potassium 532mg 15%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 66mg 9%
  • Vitamin A 39µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 25mg 42%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 6%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 13%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 45µg 11%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin K 18µg 23%
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