Sebze Güvec (Vegetable Casserole)

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Eggplants
  • 2 Garlic Cloves — Crushed
  • 4 Small Zucchini
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
  • 3 Small Sweet Green Peppers
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 250 Grams Okra — Optional
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 250 Grams Green Beans
  • Salt
  • 4 Small Ripe Tomatoes — Peeled
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Small Onions — Sliced

Directions

Remove stem from eggplant, wash well ,then peel off 1 cm (1/2 inch) strips of skin lengthwise at intervals giving a striped effect. Cut long eggplants in 1 cm (1/2 inch) slices; oval eggplant should be quartered lengthwise, then cut into chunky pieces. Spread eggplant on a tray and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 30 minutes, then pat dry with paper towels. Trim zucchini and cut into 4 cm (1-1/2 inch) pieces. Remove stem and seeds from peppers and quarter. Wash, trim and (if desired) de-fuzz okra. Soak in vinegar to remove slime. Drain.
String beans if necessary and slit in half (French cut). Slice tomatoes. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and fry eggplant until lightly browned. Remove to a plate – do not drain. Add remaining oil to a pan, add sliced onions and fry gently until
transparent. Stir in garlic, cook 1 minute, then remove pan from heat. Place a layer of eggplant in the base of a casserole. Top with some of the zucchini, peppers and beans. Spread some onion mixture on top and cover with tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and some of the parsley.Repeat until all ingredients are used, reserving some tomato slices and parsley. Place prepared okra on top if used and cover with remaining tomatoes. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper and add water and oil drained from eggplant. Cover casserole and cook in a moderate oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until vegetables are tender. Serve from casserole . Often this is served as a light meal on its own; bread and (feta) cheese are then served with it.

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