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Provencal Style Ratatouille recipe

I have always enjoyed Ratatouille as a side dish. Especially during the warm summer season in south of France, when served with roasted chicken or grilled tuna. The authentic ratatouille is a stew. It tastes better when reheated the next day. This is a good reason why i like to offer it on my catering menu. Ratatouille can be served hot as a side dish or room temperature in a sandwich with goat cheese. When tomatoes are not in season, I like to add one tablespoon of tomato paste during cooking process for a little sweetness.

1 1/2 lbs eggplant
1 lbs zucchini
1 lbs bell peppers (red, green and yellow)
1 1/2 lbs tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
3 white onions
1 bouquet garni (a tied bundle of thyme sprigs, bay leaf and parsley stems)
1 cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
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1. In this first step, we will dice all vegetables and keep them separate. ice the eggplant and zucchni into 1/2 inch pieces and reserve them for later use. blanch the tomatoes for 45 seconds and cool them in an ice bath. When cooled enough to handle, peel them and remove seeds. Dice tomatoes into 1/2 pieces and reserve them in a bowl. Remove seeds from the bell peppers and dice them into 1/2 inch size. coarsely dice the onions. Chop the garlic. 2. Heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in a big sauce pan over medium high heat. Sautee the eggplants for 6 to 7 minutes until coloured. Season them with salt and pepper and remove them with a slotted spoon. 3. Clean the saucepan with paper towel. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil and sautee the zucchini for 5 to 6 minutes. Season them and remove them as well. Sauté the onions, garlic and bell peppers with the remaining olive oil for 5 minutes. 4. Add the tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and bouquet garni. Cover the saucepan and lower heat to a simmer. let it simmer for 1 hour. Check the seasoning and serve it warm.

Cuisine: French - Provencal
Recipe category: Appetizers > Vegetables, Vegetable-Dishes > Other

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