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Categories: Appetizers, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Byaldi

Byaldi
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

At this time of year, when the market is full of squash, eggplants and bell peppers, it's easy to take this abundance for granted. We might treat these vegetables casually and just throw them on the grill. But when they ... Read more

Total time: 3 hours 40 minutes | Serves 8
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut in 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in 1/4-inch strips
  • Herb sachet (2 sprigs thyme, 2 sprigs parsley and 1 bay leaf, tied together in a cheesecloth bundle)
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced zucchini rounds
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced Japanese eggplant rounds
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow squash rounds
  • 6 small tomatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced thyme

Step 1Heat the oven to 275 degrees.

Step 2Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-low to medium heat. Add the onion, red, yellow and green peppers and the herb sachet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the vegetables are softened but not browned, 15 minutes. Remove the sachet and spread the mixture in an even layer in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet or round baking dish.

Step 3Arrange the sliced zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes over the onion and peppers, beginning at the outside of the pan and working toward the center, alternating and overlapping them.

Step 4Mix the garlic, olive oil, thyme and salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle over the vegetables. Cover with foil, crimping the edges to seal, or with a tight-fitting lid, and bake for 2 1/2 hours.

Step 5Remove the lid and check the vegetables (the eggplant will take the longest to cook): They should have softened and be almost cooked. Return to the oven, uncovered, and cook until very tender, an additional 30 minutes. The byaldi can be served immediately or cooled to room temperature and then refrigerated until ready to use, preferably within a day or two.

Each serving:
107 calories; 43 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 8 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 9 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 2.39 grams fiber.
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