Thursday, January 07, 2010


serves eight

1 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup diced onion
3 cups diced eggplant
2 cups diced tomato
2 1/2 cups diced (not peeled) crisp sweet apple such as gala, pink lady or Fuji
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup real bacon bits

Spray large caste iron skillet with cooking spray and heat until hot. Then add oil and turn heat to medium high. Whenever it is hot, sauté pepper and onion for about 2-3 minutes. Cover skillet with lid for about 2 minutes. Add eggplant, stir and cover for 4 minutes until slightly softened. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium, add tomatoes and cook for one minute covered. Then add apples, stir well and cover for an additional minute. Remove from stove, sprinkle with cheese and then bacon bits, Place under broiler on high for 2-3 minutes until cheese melts well.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Harriet Carter, Durham, North Carolina | 2007 North Carolina State Fair Second Place Winner | North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1001

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