Roasted Ratatouille

I made Ratatouille! It’s so simple and there are different ways to make it too- as per the variety of ways listed in my Fine Cooking Magazine.  This is the same magazine I got my Steak Salad Recipe from- an amazing issue!  I used the roasted cooking method and it’s flavorful. If you want more of a sauce based Ratatouille go with the slow cooker option to bring the tomatoes down to a sauce.  For the hot days I like roasted- nice whole plump veggies, don’t skip out on the rosemary and basil- these herbs give this dish flavor and amazing aromas.  One of my favorite Disney films is the “Ratatouille” film, I think every time I see any movie that involves cooking I want to try out the recipes, including my latest read of “Flirting with Felicity,” which has recipes at the end of the book I’m so eager to try ….such a cute story. 🙂

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  • 2 small onions (about 5 oz. each), cut into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons
  • 2 red bell peppers (6 to 7 oz. each), peeled (as much as possible with a vegetable peeler; serrated works best), cored, and cut into 1/4-inchwide strips
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 lb.), peeled if desired and sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick, slices then cut in halves or quarters, depending on size
  • 2 medium zucchini (7 to 8 oz. each), trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 15 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes (about 1-1/2 lb. total), peeled (with a serrated vegetable peeler; otherwise, skip the peeling), cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (a chiffonade)

Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets (12×16-inch sheet pans are a good size) with foil and top with a sheet of parchment. In a large bowl, toss the onions, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, and 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Spread the vegetables evenly over both sheets. Don’t spread the vegetables too thin or they may burn (they shrink a lot as they cook).

Roast, stirring the vegetables a few times and swapping the positions of the pans once, until the vegetables are slightly collapsed or shriveled, starting to brown, and very tender, about 45 minutes. If the vegetables look like they may burn, turn down the heat or pile them closer together. If they look dry, drizzle on a little olive oil. Divide the tomatoes between the two pans and continue to roast until the tomatoes soften and shrink and the other vegetables are well-browned, another 30 to 50 minutes. Scrape all the vegetables and any juices into a serving bowl. Toss with the basil, taste for seasoning, and serve warm.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 430; Fat (g): fat g 35; Fat Calories (kcal): 310; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 5; Protein (g): protein g 6; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 25; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 29; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 450; Cholesterol (mg):cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 10;

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