April 18, 2016
Ratatouille is a classic stew originating in the South of France, where eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, sweet bell peppers, and onions grow in abundance. Complemented by the addition of BoKU Super Food, this dish is simple yet elegant, and many different subtle variations and techniques can help you make the recipe your own. Ultimately, ratatouille is a melody of the flavors of Provence: hearty homegrown vegetables stewed in ripe tomatoes and extra-virgin olive oil then topped off with Herbes de Provence and garlic.
- Prep: 45 mins
- Cook: 4 hrs
- Yields: 8 servings
1In a large sauté pan add oil and turn the flame to a medium heat.
2Once the pan is hot add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic.
3Cook until all ingredients are softened or a fork can be easily stuck into the carrots.
4While the first ingredients are cooking, blacken the skin on both kinds of peppers either under the broiler or over open flame on the stove top.
5Do this to char the peppers on all sides until blackened.
6Place the blackened peppers in a bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap or in a Ziploc bag to cool. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins.
7Place the sautéed vegetables, peeled peppers, canned or fresh tomatoes, basil, herbs, salt, pepper to the blender and puree until smooth.
Preparing The Dish For Baking
1Preheat oven to 300*F
2Spread the puree on the bottom of an oven safe pan or skillet and place the sliced eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini in a swirl from the outside in on top of the sauce.
3Salt and pepper the veggies.
4Mix together the oil, garlic and thyme and drizzle over the veggies.
5Turn the oven down to 280 and cover the pan with foil and bake for 3 hours.
6Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mingle and marinade the veggies.
7To serve, place the uncovered pan in a 350 degree oven and bake for 45 if cold and 20 minutes in warm/hot.