Orzo with eggplant and caramelized garlic

I saw the caramelized garlic recipe in the movie Chef (2014) or I think I saw it there or even got inspired from it, and I was craving to actually get my sleeves up and make this happen. Amazingly easy and soooooo suitable with the eggplant, I decided to combine it with some classic cooked orzo (recipe from my dear mother) and voila! You can also keep the garlic in the pan and cook along the eggplant. Either way you will love the result.

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Total cooking time: 50 minutes. Serves up to 6 people

for the orzo:
200gr orzo
2 white onions thinly cut
2 tbsp olive oil
½ cup red wine
½ cup tomato juice
water as much as it takes
sea salt
fresh ground pepper

for the eggplant and caramelized garlic:
8 garlic cloves sliced
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 large eggplant
2 tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt
fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp Greek yogurt for garnish

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cooking the orzo:
On a medium saucepan heat up the olive oil on medium heat and fry the onions for about 5 minutes. Add the orzo and let it shimmer for about 3 minutes. Add the wine and let the alcohol vaporize until you add the tomato juice. Stir good, season freely with salt and pepper and add the water. The trick is to cover the orzo at least one finger high. Let it boil for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly so it will not stick on the pan.

If more water is needed don’t be afraid to add. It will always absorb it. When the orzo is cooked let it stay in the pan with the lid on top. Let is rest until you have finished with the eggplant.

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cooking the eggplant + garlic:
On a big frying pan heat up 1 tbsp of the olive oil on medium heat. When it is ready add the sliced garlic and let it be fragrant for about 7-8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the mustard seeds and let their wonderful taste dissolve with the garlic. Take the garlic out of the pan and let it rest.

Clean the skin of the eggplant and cut it in 1cm cubes. Add the rest of the oil in the pan. Add the eggplant in the pan and stir good. Follow the same procedure with the tomatoes. Add the dried spices (thyme, oregano, basil) and season with salt and pepper. Add some water so the eggplants will not be completely dry. Let it fry for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove from fire and stir in the caramelized garlic. Add the orzo and stir good till all ingredients combine. Add some Greek yogurt on top and serve with some extra thyme.


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