Now that fall is here I seem to be using my slow cooker a lot and one of my go to cookbooks is 1,001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes: The Only Slow-Cooker Cookbook You'll Ever Need.
I was browsing through it the other day looking for some inspiration when I found Eggplant Soup with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Ha ha!! A way to use up all those eggplants that ended up in my deep freeze!
Back in the spring my sweet greenhouse lady talked me into a couple of eggplants. At .99 a piece, sure why not? She neglected to tell me that eggplants will produce a lot on just one plant. By August I had had my fill of roasted eggplant with parmesan cheese.
Eggplant Soup couldn't be that bad...could it?
Eggplant Soup with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
4-5 cups chicken broth
2 medium eggplants, peeled, cubed
3/4 chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients, except Red Pepper sauce, in slow cooker; cover and cook on high 4-5 hours. Process soup in blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm with a spoonful of Red Pepper Sauce swirled in each bowl.
Here's what my soup looked like after being put through the food processor. Frankly, I was losing my appetite.
Surely this couldn't taste good! I was mentally preparing to walk to the composter with this swill.
But, I went ahead and finished up the recipe.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
2 large red bell peppers, halved
1 teaspoon sugar
Place peppers, skin sides up, on broiler pain. Broil 4-6 inches from heat until skins are blistered and blackened. Place peppers in plastic bag for 5 minutes; remove and peel off skins. Process peppers and sugar in blender until smooth.
Note: 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained, can be substituted for the peppers in the recipe.
At least the red pepper sauce was a little better to look at.
Though combining them sure didn't make it look much more appetizing.
Maybe this soup is best saved for Halloween? You think?
But I sucked it up....and took a bite.
OH. MY. GOODNESS.
I have never underestimated anything this much in my entire life!
This soup was fantastic!!! REALLY!!!
The red pepper sauce really gave it a kick and was incredibly warming on the coldest windy days. Heck, now I'm wishing I there had been a few more eggplants producing in my garden this summer!
Okay people, you don't like eggplants bring em' to my house!!!