Ratatouille to Ease the Pain of New Braces
 
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Ratatouille is one the rare dishes that taste like comfort food, but that are actually good for you. Each bite tastes like the South of France, full of sunshine, olive oil and rosemary.
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Cuisine: French
Serves: serves 608
Ingredients
  • 1 eggplant, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 green pepper, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 small yellow squash, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 small zucchini, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 aromatic tomatoes - either great summer tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine in the winter, blanched, peeled and seeded, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ¾ cups of water + 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon or two sprigs of rosemary (preferably fresh)
  • 1 teaspoons or one long sprig of thyme (preferably fresh)
  • ⅓ cup of olive oil - to be added as needed as you cook
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut all of your vegetables, prepping them in individual bowls.
  2. Blanch the tomatoes, peel them, seed them, and cut them into cubes. Place in own bowl.
  3. Measure the water and add the tomato paste, stir to mix.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Place an oven safe dutch oven on the stove as well as a large frying pan. Heat the dutch oven over medium low heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and onions and garlic and saute slowly until soft, about 5 minutes.
  6. While the onions are cooking, light the flame under your frying pan on medium-high heat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil and cook the zucchini cubes until browned on all sides. Pour into the dutch oven.
  7. Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the yellow squash until caramelized (lightly browned) and softened. Add to the dutch oven.
  8. Pour in more olive oil and saute the eggplant. This will take a little longer than the zucchini and squash - about 5 minutes. Add to the onions.
  9. Periodically stir the onion mixture. to make sure it's not burning.
  10. Add more olive oil to the pan and saute the peppers - together is fine. Add them to the other veggies when lightly browned.
  11. Add the rosemary and thyme and the water with the tomato paste. Stir a few times and place in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven, stir in the chopped tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  13. You can serve this ratatouille warm or cold. The flavors will be even better the next day. I love my ratatouille with an over easy egg on top.
Recipe by chefdruck.com at https://chefdruck.com/2017/05/ratatouille/