Ratatouille

Annie's Ratatouille


Ingredients for the sauce:

1 onion chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper, charred, peeled, seeded and ribs removed

1 poblano pepper and 2 chili peppers, charred, peeled and seeds and ribs removed

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Ingredients for the vegetable layers:

2 yellow squash, sliced in 1/16 inch rounds

2 zucchini, sliced in 1/16 inch rounds

2 Japanese eggplant, sliced in 1/16 inch rounds

6 roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/16 inch rounds


Ingredients for the seasoning oil:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Ingredients for the toppings:

grated Parmesan cheese

chopped fresh basil

aged balsamic vinegar


Directions:

1. Heat oil and butter in a medium size saucepan. Sauté onion, carrots and celery for 10 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.  Add minced garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in peppers, crushed tomatoes, Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper.  Continue cooking for 20 minutes.


2. Pour sauce in to baking dish. Arrange vegetables around in circular pattern (see photo). Sprinkle top with seasoning oil. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 280 for 3 hours. Cool and refrigerate overnight. 


3.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350˚F before serving. Sprinkle with the fresh basil, grated Parmesan and a drizzle of the aged balsamic.


Note:

~  After the Ratatouille is all done, put individual size metal ring molds on a cookies sheet.  Scoop individual serving size portions of the ratatouille into the ring molds. Slant the cookies sheet for a minute or two to allow the juices to run out slightly, which will help them stay together better. Slip a spatula under one of the rings and transfer to a plate. Un-mold by living the ring mold - sprinkle with the fresh basil, grated parmesan and a swirl of aged balsamic. 

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