Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Wine Suggestion: Columbia Valley Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Nellie's Garden Dry Rose, Columbia Valley Merlot, Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
1 eggplant, diced
1/2 Tbs kosher salt
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, diced
1 tsp dried thyme , divided
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 tsp tomato paste
8-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
1 bay leaf
1 bunch fresh basil, coarsely chopped
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 eggs, sunny-side up
Sprinkle eggplant with 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt & set in a colander for 10 minutes; squeeze liquid out of eggplant with a kitchen towel.
Heat large saute pan over medium-high heat; drizzle in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Stir in onion, a pinch of salt and thyme; saute until golden brown and just softened. Add garlic; saute for 20 seconds, until fragrant. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl; set aside.
Return pan to heat and drizzle in another tablespoon of olive oil. Saute eggplant until golden brown; transfer to bowl with onions. Repeat saute process with zucchini, squash and peppers.
Return pan to heat and stir in tomato paste; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and bay leaf; cook until liquid has reduced by half. Return vegetables to pot and stir in half the basil.
Reduce heat to low and cover pot with tight-fitting lid; stew for 15-20 minutes to combine flavors, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining basil and season to taste with salt & pepper.
Serve topped with sunny-side up egg.