And no, we don’t mean the movie!
But the dish was featured several times in the movie, and maybe it was a cartoon, but you know and I know how very mouth watering it was nonetheless!
I mean seriously… you know you want some of this action…….
(Maybe with just a few less rats around though…. hehe…)
Our Version of ratatouille is Just as delicious an maybe a tiny bit less elegantly served…
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 5 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 oregano springs
- 1 cup tomato puree (tomato sauce etc)
- 1-2 small eggplants
- 1-2 medium zucchinis
- 1 medium onion
- 2 medium squash
- 2 small red peppers
- 3 medium tomatoes (I used 6 small ones)
- 2 tbsp thyme leaves
- salt and pepper
Lets put them all together to create new magical flavours!
STEP #1: Prep..
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare 1- 4 baking sheets- 1 large, 4 small OR 2-3 medium… It is your call really.
I used 1 slightly bigger- medium baking sheet and 2 sort of small ones… (Also make sure they could all fit into your oven)
Cut all your veggies into nice thickish sized pieces and leave them aside.
STEP #2: sauté!
In a medium pot heat your 5 tblsp of olive oil and 5 cloves of crushed garlic on a medium heat.
Let that warm for about 1 minute and then add your oregano and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove the oregano and crushed garlic from the olive oil by draining it, and set the herbed olive oil aside- dispose of the garlic and oregano.
STEP #3: Assemble!
Grab your baking sheets and spread 2 tblsp of tomato puree on the bottom of each one, or enough so you have a thick bottom layer.
Take your veggies and line the baking sheets with your sliced vegetables so they are tightly packed together.
Drizzle the remains of your tomato puree on top of the veggies, then evenly drizzle your herbed olive oil, and sprinkle the 2 tblsp of thyme leaves and salt and pepper on top.
If you are unsure if you got it right, just do as the rat does 😉
STEP # 4: cook!
Take your baking sheets and put them in the oven for 25- 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
STEP #5: Take out!
Once you are happy with the way your dish has been cooked, take it out of the oven using an oven mitt, and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving!
Step #6: EAT
Serve this dish atop some rice, next to some quinoa or on it’s own, Eat it with some greens or steamed vegetables and have a fancy dinner with someone you like or snuggle up by yourself and watch Ratatouille with your ratatouille 🙂
…….And…… let the first bite take you on an adventure…….
That’s about it!
It was pretty fun to make this colourful dish, and brought back a lot of movie- themed nostalgia… *sigh*
Out of 5 I am going to give this dish a solid 4 because as good as it was, I would have liked to make it a bit spicier….. ahhh… goals for next time…
Let us know if you tried this dish out, and make sure you have your rat fascinated on tight!
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All the best for this week, and good luck with finals!