Thursday, July 05, 2007

Recipe to Make Your Own Ratatouille

I certainly couldn't find a recipe as elegant as Remy's recipe in Brad Bird's film Ratatouille, but I thought I would challenge my viewers to take a stab at making this French "peasant dish" with an obvious movie tie in (why McDonald's isn't serving Ratatouille with a toy as a kid's meal is beyond me).

I encourage you to make this. Send me a picture even...that'd be fun.


1/3 cup olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggplants (2 pounds), peeled in strips and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
4 to 5 medium zucchini (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 yellow or red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup chopped fresh basil

  1. In a Dutch oven (or other heavy 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in eggplant and zucchini; season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add 3/4 cup water; cover, and simmer until vegetables are beginning to soften, stirring once, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell peppers; simmer, covered, until softened, 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover; simmer, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. If serving immediately, stir in basil. (If freezing, leave out basil.)
Per serving: 179 calories; 9.6 grams fat; 4.2 grams protein; 23.1 grams carbohydrates; 7.1 grams fiber
Recipe via PBS' Everyday Food.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recepie. I'd been meaning to track it down for a few days and now you've saved me the effort!

Jamie Dawn said...

That looks scrumptuous!!
If I made that, I'd be the only one eating it.
My hubby MIGHT eat it, but my kids would NOT.
I'd gobble it down and relish every bite!!

AK said...

I accept your challenge.

(By the way, thanks for recommending the movie. I don't know if Anthony would have let me see it otherwise...)

Joanna Arcieri said...

I ♥ ratatouille (aka caponata in my house.)