The perfect end of summer dish for anyone, but especially for someone with a bountiful garden. Traditionally, ratatouille was used as a way of utilizing all of the vegetables grown during peak season, so that is exactly what we did. Featuring zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, we put the phrase “if it grows together, it goes together” to action to create one of our favorite vegetable dishes of the year!
It’s rich and satisfying, yet wonderfully nutritious.
Ratatouille, besides being a fantastic Disney movie (my favorite in fact), is a French dish consisting of vegetables, spices, and herbs, cooked together. Which was originally designed as a dish to utilize leftover scraps of vegetables, ratatouille has become a seasonal favorite around the world, not just in the Provencal region of France, where it originated.
Traditionally consisting of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, garlic, and herbs, cooked together in a manner similar to a stew, ratatouille has evolved into one of those dishes that has a loose definition and can be made with many different ingredients and in many different ways.
The best part about ratatouille is the fact that it is so versatile. In fact, I rarely make ratatouille the same way twice. The reason for that is that ratatouille was originally a dish that utilized everything that you had growing in your garden. This recipe for ratatouille is my favorite, but if you plan to make this recipe at a different time of the year or you have different ingredients available, you could alter the ingredients entirely and still make a fantastic dish. By changing the vegetables, herbs, or complementary ingredients, you can make a dish with an entirely different flavor profile.
While ratatouille can be made in a number of ways, I elected to go the route of slicing and layering my vegetables into a casserole dish to be baked and served family-style. I like this method because it not only looks beautiful, but when baking all of the ingredients together, the flavors come together over time and create a fantastic sauce in the bottom of your casserole dish.
This recipe can also be done by dicing all of the vegetables and cooking them together, but you will need to stagger the cooking of the vegetables to account for the variations in the cooking time needed for each vegetable.
To make this recipe, you essentially:
This has to be one of our favorite recipes ever! Cheers and eat well.
This delicious and layered Ratatouille is not only beautiful but it is packed with fresh flavor! Featuring zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, we put the phrase “if it grows together, it goes together” to action.
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