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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ratatouille

The dish, not the movie. Although the movie is fabulous as well, seriously. Go watch it. Well after you read this post. Then you can make Ratatouille while watching Ratatouille... crazy!

My mom gave me this recipe out of her Joy of Cooking book. It does require a lot of chopping and attention throughout the process but it's completely worth it and fairly easy. And hubby who is not the biggest veggie lover (but getting much better), really likes it... added plus!



Ratatouille
From Joy of Cooking, serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 in. cubes
1 lb zucchini, cut into 1 in. cubes
1 1/2 cups sliced white onions
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1 in. squares
3 cloves garlic, chopped
28oz can chopped tomatoes, drained
2-3 springs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Saute eggplant and zucchini in 1/4 cup olive oil in large non-stick skillet over high heat until they are tender and golden (10-12 min). Remove vegetables from skillet and reduce heat to medium-high. In same skillet, cook onions in 2 Tbsp olive oil until slightly softened. Then add red bell peppers, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste and cook until vegetables are tender (8-12 min). Add tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 5 min. Add eggplant and zucchini back in and cook until everything is tender (20 min more). Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then stir in basil.

peelin' the eggplant

eggplant and zucchini cooking.. see the smoke

just after adding in bell peppers and garlic

simmering all together now

I served it as the main dish over brown rice with some cheesy naan bread. It's very hearty so you don't even miss the meat but you could serve as a side dish along with chicken as well.


It is such pretty colors and uses so many summer veggies and herbs. The basil came right from my herb garden! I had never had ratatouille or even heard of it before the movie came out and then after my mom made it for hubby and I once when we were visiting, we were hooked!


Try it out and let me know what ya think!

10 comments:

  1. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing :) Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Monday hop. I hope you'll come visit me and follow me back at http://mommychosis.blogspot.com

    Thanks and have a wonderful week!

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  2. Visiting from A Little Birdie Told Me. This looks delicious. I love eggplant. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. OH, I LOVE Ratatouille! This looks soooooo good! I will have to try your version!!!

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  4. Super Cute blog!! :) I am your newest follower! I will definitely be keeping an eye on your blog to learn new things!! If you would like to take a look at my blog that would be wonderful and follow me back! For-The-Luv-Of.blogspot.com Look out for some giveaways also like mineral make-up. I am new to this but excited to share ideas on yummy food!
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  5. I love ratatouille and this looks awesome! I would totally make this except my boys won't eat it. :( Maybe if I hide it in a pie?

    I'm a little south of Clemson, but since I'm not a native SC girl I don't have that obsession. It seems like it's a prerequisite for life here :))

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  6. This looks yummy! I'm hoping to have lots of zucchini soon to use in recipes like this.

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  7. This looks so good! Would you come over to my link party tomorrow and share your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday? http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
    I hope to see you there!

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  8. That ratatouille sounds like a wonderful entree with all those yummy veggies. I'm going to save this recipe to try it sometime. I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)
    Katie

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  9. Mmmm....Emily, it sounds perfect!

    Thank you for linking up on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." last week. I featured your post this week here: http://www.rookno17.com/2011/06/perfect-vegetarian-summer-menu.html

    Thanks!
    Jenn

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  10. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

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