Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ratatouille


Yes, you guessed it. I decided to use the new movie to my advantage to get Kay to try some new foods. It was a little selfish on my part since I love zucchini, squash and eggplant! I'm sure there is nothing authentic about this recipe but it won't be the first time I took the name of a dish and then proceeded to change it completely. At least this time I kept the same basic ingredients!

Ratatouille

1/2 eggplant, sliced very thin

1 zucchini, sliced very thin

1 summer (or yellow) squash, sliced very thin

1 green pepper, sliced very thin

1/2 cup onion, minced

1 cup tomato sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon herbes de Provence

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine the tomato sauce, garlic, and onion in a small bowl. Spread it across the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole. Alternate the eggplant, zucchini, squash and green pepper in 2-3 layers over the top. Sprinkle with the herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

Cover the casserole with a lid or parchment paper (do not use foil). Bake for 1 hour in a 375 degree oven. Remove the cover, sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake and additional 5 minutes.

The vegetables will be very soft and the tomato sauce will bubble through to the top.

This can be served over pasta, over rice, or as a sandwich filling.

Kay: Today, at my daycare, we watched the bootleg version of Ratatouille. (My parents told me that is illegal!) Then today I came home and my mom had made ratatouille for dinner! It didn't look like something I would like because I don't like tomato sauce but this tasted good. I really liked the eggplant because it just tasted like tomato sauce. I guess I like tomato sauce now! I was happy that the green peppers were not the spicy kind.

Mom (Dana): I've tried several versions in the past but I think this combines my favorite parts of all of them. When I have it as a sandwich, I use really crusty bread and melt some additional cheese over the top.

3 comments:

Holler said...

The Ratatouille looks good! But I haven't heard of the film, what's it about!

Champsleeve said...

It's the latest Disney movie. I think the main idea is that a little mouse helps a not-so-great chef improve his cooking. It looks cute!

-Dana

Champsleeve said...

Actually it is a rat. He makes a soup and everyone thinks the garbage boy did it and so he has to help him cook.

-Kay

(Duh it is a rat. That's why it is called Ratatouille! I don't know what I was thinking! - Dana)