Ratatouille’s Ratatouille

Smitten Kitchen has a great recipe for ratatouille that I’ve shared before but I really think I should share again. This is the genuine ratatouille from the movie Ratatouille.

Before the oven
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After baking…mmmm
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This is not your mother’s stew-like concoction. Instead of chopping up cubes of vegetables and combining them in a pot, you layer thin slices of eggplant, red pepper, zucchini and other squash atop a tomato sauce laden with chopped onion and garlic. It is soooo good.

I like to serve it on pasta or rice, but its equally delicious on its own and makes a great fall supper.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille (before the oven)

I love ratatouille – the combination of flavors is amazing. I especially like to introduce it to people whom have never tried it. I found this recipe for Ratatouille’s Ratatouille (from the movie) and I have made it several times. I use my own tomato sauce if I have some on hand – I make it with plenty of garlic, oregano, thyme and basil simmered for several hours to make a nice thick rich sauce. A good quality tomato puree is a fine substitute if you don’t have any homemade tomato sauce.

This year I can proudly say that I grew my own eggplant from seed. I planted Hansel (from T & T Seeds) and although I had great germination, only one of my plants produced flowers – the one against a warm south-facing wall with plenty of heat. It was purely an accident that I planted one there in my flowerbed – I did it because I had one leftover plant and I thought “what the heck”. Now I know that if I want eggplants to flower they need a cart load of heat.

My Eggplant Hansel