You can’t go wrong with this Turkish classic—even with canned tomatoes, it tastes great, served at room temperature or chilled. The flavor improves after a day or two, so make it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s a delicious side dish or starter.
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I've made this twice in 2 weeks -- because the kids begged for it again! -- with assorted varieties of eggplant and tomatoes from the farm. Both times served it hot the night I made it. The second time I more than doubled the tomato sauce and plated pasta, then the eggplant, then the sauce.
I am a lover of eggplant, but this is one of the best side dishes I've ever had. I did substitute fresh tomatoes with Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes (no salt added during cooking time) and came out with a fabulous result.
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