- 1 large eggplant (or 4 small)
- 2 sweet red bell
- 3 garlic cloves
- Coarse salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs. wine vinegar
- 2 Tbs. chopped flat-leaf parsley
Prick the eggplant in a couple of places with a fork, and roast it on top of the stove over a high flame, turning when wilted with tongs. When the eggplant is soft, take it off the flame, remove the skin, and crush the interior with a fork.
Cut the peppers into 4 flat pieces and place them on a baking sheet under a broiler. When the skins of the peppers are black, remove the peppers with tongs to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 5 minutes to steam the edges. The skins of the pepper should come off easily. Chop the peppers into 1/2-inch dice.
Mash the garlic with a scant half teaspoon of salt. Put the eggplant, peppers, garlic, walnuts, and ricotta in a bowl with the olive oil, vinegar, and parsley. Mix well and add salt to taste.
From tantemarie.com with the permission of Mary Risley