Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ratatouille

For me and, er, you-ille? This was my first try, and let me tell you it was a lot easier than my King Kong sized zucchini I've become accustomed to), so I had to triple up the zucchini each time it was its turn to be layered into the dish. As it turned out, it was kind of convenient to have them bite-sized, so you won't find me complaining. Another thing that pleases me about this dish is that it basically looks the same cooked as it does before it goes into the oven, which excites me and makes me feel like I'm doing something good for my body, instead of pumping it full of chemicals ... now if I could just be assured that my veggies haven't been genetically altered, I'd be set!
first lasagna from scratch (notice there are no pictures of it). I must say, French peasants were on to something with this dish, I don't think anything easier to make has ever tasted more delicious! Two of my favorite things: Little effort required, big payoff. The only thing that disappointed me was that I had to use microscopic, store-bought zucchini (as opposed to the

I totally recommend trying this to everyone. This was my first ratatouille to make, and eat, and my first time doing anything with an eggplant ... so I'm not exactly sure how it was supposed to turn out or taste like, but I love it so I figure I'm off to a good start!



Ratatouille

Ingredients:

1 bell pepper
1 eggplant
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes
2 0r 3 zucchinis
herbs ( I used basil, and parsley)
1 cup tomato puree or can of stewed tomatoes
2 Tbs olive oil, divided
salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 375*

Fill bottom of basic 10" baking dish with tomato puree or stewed tomatoes. Add garlic, chopped onion, and 1 Tbs of olive oil, salt & pepper (don't be shy).

Slice up your veggies into thin slices, and begin layering on top of tomato sauce in the baking dish, alternating your veggies, and working in concentric circles. Once they're all snuggled in, drizzle with 1 Tbs of olive oil, salt & pepper once more, and add your spices.

Cover with parchment paper, and bake for 45-55 minutes. You want your veggies to be soft, and relaxed enough to release their juices, not soggy, limp and stringy, nor do you want them to start browning. 45 minutes worked perfectly for me ... then again, my oven is possessed, so you're kinda on your own here!

Serve while hot, or even cold in the summer, on rice, potatoes, by itself, or with a meat. It really is one of the most versatile dishes I've ever come across.

Bon appétit!