The bohémienne, French for ‘bohemian’, is a Provençal eggplant and tomato gratin, which like its cousin the ratatouille is made out of summer ripe eggplants and tomatoes.
Even if the ratatouille is the one that has become internationally famous, in Southern France the bohémienne is more commonly preferred and you will see why.
It can be served hot, warm or cold, as a side and it also makes the perfect filling for a vegetable tart. This coarse puree is also superb if spread on a rustic bread.
The simpler the better, here is my bohémienne!
Bohémmiene | Ingredients for 6-8 portions
3 large eggplants (3 pounds, 1 ½ kilos or 4 cups) diced coarsely
8-9 medium ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced coarsely
6 Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
6 anchovy fillets
½ cup of milk
1 Tbs. of flour
Freshly cracked black pepper
4 Tbs. of fresh bread crumbs
In a large sauté pan, warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, add the eggplants and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until the mixture is soft and can be crushed with a fork. In a mortar, muddle the anchovy fillets until they become a paste and mix them with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the anchovy mixture to the vegetables. Blend the flour with the milk and add it to the vegetables. Season with pepper. Mix well and put the mixture in an oiled gratin dish. Sprinkle on the bread crumbs and the remaining olive oil. In a preheated to 375°F oven, bake the gratin for 30 minutes.
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