1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/2 pound margarine
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh basil
3 large onions, chopped
2 medium bell peppers, chopped fine
2 celery ribs, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano
4 medium eggplants
1 pound cooked crabmeat, claw or white
1 1/2 teaspoons
1 cup chopped green onions
1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup chopped parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Grated Parmesan cheese
Peel and devein the shrimp; set aside.
Place the shrimp peels in a small saucepan and add the water. Bring to a
boil and reduce by half over medium-high heat, 15 to 20 minutes.
Strain and set aside.
Melt the margarine over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or other large
heavy pot and add the onions, peppers, and celery. Cook the vegetables until
they are very soft, stirring occasionally, 30 to 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel the eggplants and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Place them
in a saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and boil slowly for a
few minutes, just until tender.
Drain. Puree until smooth in blender or food processor.
Add the eggplant, shrimp stock, seasonings, and herbs to the vegetable mixture,
return to a simmer, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the shrimp and continue to cook over medium-high heat just until the
shrimp turn pick, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the crab meat and cook just long enough to heat through. Remove from
heat and stir in green onions and parsley.
Spoon the hot dressing into a casserole or individual ramekins. Sprinkle
generously with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and glaze under the broiler
for a couple of minutes.