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French Inspired Ratatouille 🍅🍆🧅
Baking your gorgeously arranged dish of colorful veggies at a low temperature for several hours will produce deep, delicious flavor…not to mention the aroma will slowly draw everyone into the kitchen asking… “What are you making? Smells so good!”
Have you tried making ratatouille? It looks trickier than it really is. If you’ve got a sharp knife, and a few minutes to get into ‘creative mode’ then you’ll be able to make something you’ll feel super proud of!
Maybe even get the kids in the kitchen and give them the job of arranging a color pattern. This type of kitchen task can be rewarding and fun for children of all ages.
Ratatouille just might be one of the most interesting, and super delicious ways to get in a few servings of veggies with your evening meal.
Be sure to snap a picture of YOUR creations, share on the socials, and tag me so that I can see & hear how you enjoyed it!
Makes 8 servings
For tomato/baking sauce:
- 2 Tbsps olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, diced small
- 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large bell pepper, any color, diced small
- 1 (14 oz) jar crushed tomatoes with juice
- 1 bay leaf
- sea salt and ground pepper, to taste, about 1/4 teaspoon each
For the vegetables:
- 1 medium eggplant
- 2 medium yellow squash
- 2 medium zucchini
- 4 red onions
- 6 Roma (plum) tomatoes
- pinch sea salt, to taste
For the vinaigrette:
- 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil, or light olive oil
- 1 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
- chopped fresh herbs (I use parsley and dill)
- pinch of sea salt and pepper
In a small jar, combine all of your vinaigrette ingredients. Shake really well until all the ingredients are well incorporated; set aside.
Wash eggplant, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt. Allow to thoroughly dry.
Using a sharp chef’s knife, carefully slice them into coin shapes as shown. Try to cut as thinly and evenly as you can. Slice your onion into thin rings.
Alternatively, you can use a mandolin.
Very lightly, sprinkle your veggies with some sea salt.