This is the best version of this recipe I've ever tasted. It comes from Noteworthy, the cookbook of the Ravinia Festival (Chicago). Talk about being best...this is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks!


  *I use just enough oil to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan. Because they have such a high water content, they quickly provide moisture in the pan. I've tried it with the full 1/3 cup and with 2 tablespoons of oil, and I can't taste the difference. Also, I prefer olive oil.

In large enamel saucepan combine eggplant, onion, mushrooms, green pepper, garlic and oil.
Simmer covered 10 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients; mix well and simmer covered 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Eggplant should be cooked but not overly soft.

Refrigerate overnight (may be frozen).

Serve at room temperature with crackers or cocktail pumpernickel.

An excellent first course served on lettuce-lined plates. May also be used as a stuffing for tomatoes to accompany meat dishes.