Sadly, this is not a movie review of that adorable movie. However, do not fret. This is a recipe of my first attempt at this staple entree meal in any chef’s cooking adventures or road to becoming a chef. Something like that. Obviously, I am no Top Chef but I like to have my own “Julie and Julia” food adventures in the kitchen as you may have noticed and so one night, I decided to try out this infamous dish.
There are so many Ratatouille recipes out there, so it was just finding which one was closest to the fresh veggies that I had on hand. I think that I will definitely be trying this dish again in various forms, but more on that later.
I adapted this recipe from Palachinka
1 Large Eggplant
1 Red bell pepper (I didn’t have one on hand…weird i know, so i used 1 red and 1 yellow )
1 Yellow bell pepper
1 big Onion (red or white or yellow)
1 small tomato (but I used a pint of grape tomatoes and halved them)
1 clove garlic
1 Cup of crumbled Feta or Goat Cheese
various dried herbs: rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives….etc (whatever you have on hand and fits your taste buds)
salt and pepper to taste
2) Slice zucchinis, eggplants, larger onion and peppers as thin as possible
3) Line them in a artistic fashion in either a OILED round, square or rectangular baking pan on an oiled round baking pan in the following order ( I think it looks pretty if you have a similar pattern) .
4) Continue your pattern until you have used the ingredients.
5) Pour oil on top of the veggies.
6) Halve the cherry tomatoes or thinly slice your regular tomatoes and de-seed them. Also mince your garlic clove. Add both the tomatoes and garlic to the pan.
7) Finally, top with various herbs, salt and black pepper and a dash of water. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and black pepper and pour very little water so the vegetables don’t burn inside the oven.
8) Bake in a preheated oven on 325°C for about 10-15 minutes.
9) Top with Feta or Goat Cheese ( I just like the added flavor)
10) Bake for another 15 minutes.
11) Share and Enjoy!