Baked Ratatouille | An Occitan Delight
Like most of you, V fell in love with Ratatouille post the movie. He started bugging me to no end to make the same. For the first version, we made a roasted ratatouille, it was just yum.
He again wanted one but a baked version this time, google came up with this recipe. Zucchini & yellow squash are not commonly available vegetables. I replaced zucchini with cucumber & added yellow pepper to the vegetables.
My arrangement wasn’t as compact as it should have been and there was lot of space left which further became apparent once the veggies shrunk after baking. I also forgot to cover the dish with parchment paper before baking and my veggies are more crumpled looking than should have been. My slices were not as thin as should have been. :)
But taste department, this was a perfect hit. Real simple and worth all the tweaking. I would really try again with compacter arrangement & bake with parchment paper.
|½||medium onion, finely chopped|
|1||large tomato, pureed|
|2||tablespoons of olive oil, divided|
|1||medium sized eggplant (long variety)|
|1||medium sized zucchini|
|1||medium sized red pepper|
|1||medium sized yellow pepper|
|salt, black pepper and dried herbs to taste|
|1.||Pre-heat the oven to 190 C. In the meanwhile, pour tomato puree in the bottom of the baking dish. I used a small round dish, you can use a 10″ long oval dish as suggested in the recipe. Add chopped onions, stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season well with salt & black pepper.|
|2.||Trim the ends of eggplant. Carefully remove the core from yellow & red pepper, leaving the shell intact. Slice them as thin as possible or use a mandoline as suggested in the recipe.|
|3.||Arrange the vegetables atop the prepared sauce in a concentric manner and overlapping each other. Try to place them as close to each other as possible with only little edge showing of each vegetable.|
|4.||Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the arranged vegetables. Season with salt & pepper & some herbs (fresh or dried).|
|5.||Cover the dish with a parchment paper fitting just inside the dish & not coming outside. Bake for about 30 minutes till the veggies are tender but not burnt & the sauce has started bubbling around them. Serve hot with cheese or plain.|
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
A compact arrangement of veggies is important as after baking they will shrink. So do not worry about a over filling the dish with veggies.
You can add or remove any other vegetable of your choice, in the first version I had made with cucumber instead of zucchini. Don’t be afraid and experiment.