What is Pisto Manchego?
Pisto Manchego is a Spanish dish much like France's ratatouille, a combination of eggplant, zucchini, onion and bell peppers in a tomato sauce. There are many dishes throughout Europe and beyond that share similar preparations.
Pisto Manchego gets its name from the region of La Mancha, Spain with it originated. In Spain, it also goes by the names Tumbet (a similar preparation which also features potatoes) from Majorca and Samfaina from the Catalan region.
Pisto means 'mash' which refers to the softness of the vegetables in that they are tender and easily mashable.
Pisto manchego can be enjoyed in many ways, as a hot or cold offering. An appetiser, main course, side dish or tapas. Many Spaniards (and me) enjoy it with a fried egg on top.