Enjoy the rich taste of ratatouille, fragrant with garlic and herbs.
Once known as a poor man’s dish, Ratatouille is now loved by people from all across the nation. In fact, many people, especially kids, know about this dish through a popular Disney movie.
Before preparing ratatouille, I had never liked the idea of mixing different vegetables to make a single dish. Mostly because I don’t like eating veggies. But this dish has made me enjoy the fresh, green veggies in a way that I can never dislike them from now on.
What’s fascinating is that you can prepare a big batch of ratatouille and store some of it for your next meal. Believe me, the stored batch also tastes delicious. With your creativity, you can serve this dish with several different items, making it taste even more delicious.
Try this recipe today if you want to bring the garden-fresh flavors to your table with fresh and colorful vegetables.
Colorful and Delicious Ratatouille
Originating from the region of the South of France, near the Mediterranean Sea, ratatouille is known for its delicious smell and bright colors. You can prepare this dish on days you decide to go meatless.
The colorful layers of fresh veggies, garlicky tomato sauce, and olive oil make this dish one of the best. Since this recipe takes time for preparation, you can make it in a large batch and keep it for later. This veggie casserole is perfect for starting your week with a dish packed with nutrients and flavors.
Honestly, never in my life have I thought of making veggies and loving them so much that I will share its recipe with you all. But here I am. This dish’s bounty of fresh vegetables tastes fantastic and wonderfully healthy.
I also recommend watching the Disney ratatouille movie so you can fall in love with the art of cooking with joy. Scroll down to check my wonderful ratatouille dish that you can never get enough of.
Steps to Make Delicious and Flavorful Ratatouille
Correctly follow the steps below to bring the same flavors to your table.
For the preparation of this dish, you need fresh and clean vegetables. Firstly, take a zucchini and wash it properly under running water. Cut it into thin circular pieces and keep it aside in a bowl.
Next, take 1 eggplant and thoroughly wash it under running water. Then cut it into thin slices and keep them aside. Take two tomatoes and slice them evenly for the dish.
When it comes to tomatoes, you must not pick the smaller ones. Instead, go for the red and juicy ones to bring fresh flavors to your dish. I recommend choosing the meaty tomatoes as they have the perfect red color and nice flavor, enhancing the dish’s overall taste.
After you have properly cut all the veggies, you are required to arrange them for cooking. So, take a casserole and grease it nicely with a layer of olive oil. The oil ensures that no vegetable slices stick to the utensil while cooking.
Then nicely arrange the vegetable slices into the casserole. I like adding a slice of zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. This way, I repeat the process till the casserole gets filled with veggies.
This step requires you to add flavors to your dish. Don’t worry, I have kept the flavors limited so you can recreate the same magic without any hassle.
Start by adding salt and pepper according to your taste. Along with it, you must also pour tomato sauce on the top. Then bake the veggies in an already heated oven at 180 C degrees. Let the veggies cook for about 40 minutes.
Before taking out the dish, poke a toothpick into one of the veggies to check whether or not it’s cooked. Once cooked, serve it with any of the side dishes of your choice.
- The key to making delicious ratatouille depends on the freshness of the vegetables. Your dish will taste wonderful if you pick fresh veggies that look bright and colorful.
- Try to slice the veggies in a similar manner so each slice can be evenly cooked. Uneven slices might not taste as delicious as you want them to.
- When the dish is in the oven, you need to cover the casserole, so it doesn’t burn from the bottom.
- For the side dish, you can serve it with thick slices of bread.
Do You Need To Peel Eggplant For Ratatouille?
It depends on you. If you want, peel the eggplant and dice them into small pieces. Or, if you want, you can leave the peel on and cut the eggplant into a thin circular shape. As far as zucchini is concerned, they are better unpeeled.
Why Is My Ratatouille Watery?
Even after correct preparation, the ratatouille can turn watery. It mainly happens when you use a small pan for cooking, and the heat is not spread evenly. To avoid this issue, you must use a deep and large pan so the veggies can be properly cooked.
What Can I Use As A Substitute For Eggplant?
For the eggplant substitute, you can use zucchini as it blends well with the flavors of ratatouille.
Can I Prepare The Ratatouille In Advance?
It’s perfectly normal to prepare ratatouille in advance. Interestingly, this dish tastes better the next day it is prepared. That’s why many people like to prepare it ahead of time. In a proper storage container, ratatouille can stay fresh for up to 5 days.
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 eggplant, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, and tomato slices in a casserole dish greased with olive oil.
- Season it with salt and pepper for taste, and pour over the tomato sauce.
- Bake in an already heated oven at 350 F or 180 C degrees for about 35 - 40 minutes.
- Sprinkle some chopped parsley and serve!.