For those of you who aren’t feeling quite ambitious enough to tackle the moussaka, here’s another way to use all of the fresh summer veggies in your share right now.
As those of you who’ve spent some time around the farm know, the highlight of each day is lunch. It’s a communal meal in which everyone on the farm comes together for delicious, homemade food (often from recipes of our own devising) that could only be more local if we actually went out in the fields and ate it there. To keep things fair, we rotate the cooking duties so everyone gets to cook once a week (and we get to sample everyone’s handiwork regularly).
This summer, as you may know, we have two superlative apprentices, Rachel and Denis, who are turning out to be wonderful farmers. What you may not know is that they’re both excellent cooks. I’ll be sharing a Rachel recipe shortly, but this recipe is for the delicious pasta sauce that Denis fed us last week.
It was good enough that someone-who-shall-remain-nameless skipped the pasta entirely and just went for the sauce.
If you choose to make this, please bear in mind that the measurements are extremely approximate, and that you should make adjustments according to your own preferences.
That all said, here’s the recipe:
1 T Olive oil
1 lb ground beef
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 eggplant, cubed
1-2 bell peppers, chopped
4-5 tomatoes, chopped
A handful (or more) of basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1-2 T. Sriracha (optional but recommended)
1 t lemon juice
1-2 t sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a medium-large pot on medium-high heat, and add the ground beef, sauteeing to brown. Turn heat down to medium and add garlic, onion, eggplant, tomatoes, and basil. Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Depending on how watery your tomatoes were, you may wish to add a little water or chicken stock to adjust the consistency. If it’s too watery, uncover and cook for a few minutes to reduce. Add the sriracha, lemon juice, sugar and salt and pepper, and taste to make sure the flavors are too your liking. Serve over pasta.