Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ratatouille

Summer may officially be over, but the weather here is finally starting to feel summerish, and the garden is liking it.

I mentioned here that our most pleasant garden surprise this year was the eggplant.  Absolutely every recipe I tried with it was scrumptious. 

Who knew we even liked eggplant?

I tried another recipe today, with the last of our cute little eggplant.  It, too, was outstanding.

If you aren't sure you even like vegetables, you might want to give this one a taste.  Yowzer, it's good.

RATATOUILLE
2 1/2 c. diced eggplant (leave the peels on)
3/4 c. thinly sliced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
3 green peppers, cored and thinly sliced
(recipe called for 3 c. zucchini, thinly sliced, but I didn't have any so omitted)
2 c. tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 t. fresh basil, chopped
salt, pepper to taste
plain yogurt (optional)

Put eggplant in colander (in sink) and salt lightly.  Leave for 30 minutes to drain.
Meanwhile, in large, deep-ish non-stick skillet (one that has a lid), over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until golden.  Add peppers, zucchini if you're using it (I didn't), and tomatoes.  Add drained eggplant and basil and simmer, covered, over low heat for 45 minutes.  Uncover and cook 15 minutes more to reduce liquid.  Add salt & pepper to taste; serve warm or cold with a dollop of plain yogurt, if desired.

The recipe claims this serves eight, but it really serves two.  Insert smiley face here.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Carpool Queen said...

If you have any left over, toss it with some warm orzo, a lemon/olive oil/garlic dressing, and a package of feta cheese.

Trust me.

October 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Carpool Queen, your idea for using the leftovers sounds delicious. We'll see if there's any left by tomorrow ;)

October 13, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Ratatouille is definitely GOOD STUFF. I love anything with eggplant!

October 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Anonymous So Very Domestic said...

I really like Ratatouille and I just moved two hours from the dear friend that makes it for me all the time, I will try this!

October 13, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

Yum, eggplant! Your ratatouille looks fantastic!

October 14, 2010 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I love ratatouille, but i never had it with a plain yoghurt, sounds good to me, I will have a try.Hugs Catherine

October 15, 2010 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Oh yum, I'm so glad I stopped by because I got an eggplant at the farmer's market the other day and wasn't sure what to do with it.

By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved the baseball card story, so sweet!

October 16, 2010 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

I love the way that eggplant can really liven up a dish! I've always wanted to try ratatouille, but never have! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting EKat's Kitchen!

October 16, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Carolyn Jung said...

I don't see how that recipe would serve 8. Only if the people were the most dainty eaters ever. Unfortunately, I know no one like that. Hah. In my crew, we all have good, hearty appetites. ;)

October 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

I love ratatouille...everything that contains eggpplants :-)

October 20, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger The Queen of Brussels Sprouts said...

ratatouille is a super summer favorite around here. People in the grocery store shoot me odd looks when my children scream and dance with joy over the discovery of fresh eggplant. Yes, we are indeed odd.

Here's our take: http://queenofbrusselsprouts.blogspot.com/2010/03/ratatouille-take-2.html
PS- I love recipe swapping. I will have to stop by more often!

November 6, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Marlis said...

Thank you so much for the nice comment. You can come over anytime, just bring something you've made!! Your recipes look wonderful.

November 10, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

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