Main-Course Vegetarian Pleasures
2 slices good-quality bread
1 T + 1/4 c olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb green beans, trimmed
12 oz mushrooms, halved or quartered, depending on the size
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2" chunks
1 tomato, seeded and finely diced
1 red onion, cut into eighths
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried dill
Preheat oven to 375.
Tear the bread into pieces and place them in a food processor. Grind to make bread crumbs.
Heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir in bread crumbs and toss to coat. Cook, stirring frequently, until crumbs begin to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients, including the 1/4 c olive oil. Toss well. Scrape mixture into a shallow 2 1/2 quart baking dish (I used a 9x12 Pyrex pan) and smooth over the top.
Sprinkle on the bread crumbs and press them down evenly.
Bake 1 hour, or until vegetables are very tender.