I’ve been waiting and waiting for eggplant to show up in the CSA share this summer so I could make Ratatouille.
Finally, the good word arrived in my inbox yesterday.
(more peaches. did ya catch that?)
Well what do you know – this week I’ll be picking up just about everything I need to make Ratatouille!
From inbox to counter top:
I think Peach and Corn Ratatouille is on the menu tomorrow.
I followed my own Ratatouille directions from last year’s premiere stewed veggie attempt – and good news! I didn’t steer me wrong.
Ratatouille: The Second Edition
2 medium eggplants, cubed
2 – 3 Tbsp oil (coconut oil is my first choice, olive oil is my second)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 green peppers, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed
fresh herbs and salt to taste (think basil, oregano, thyme, parsley)
It was as easy as I remembered. Cube your eggplant first, salt it and set aside. Saute garlic and onions in oil while you’re chopping your other vegetables. Keep throwing things into the pot as you’re chopping, saving the eggplant for last (rinse the salt off it first.) Allow vegetables to cook on medium low for 20 – 30 minutes.
Ratatouille: Pros and Cons
PRO: It’s super flexible in terms of ingredients. More eggplant, less tomatoes? No problem. More zucchini less yellow squash? No problem! More green pepper, less red pepper? Not very pretty – but still, not a problem!
CON: It’s a dish lacking in protein,
PRO: but that con is actually a pro in disguise because it’s a great excuse to press some tofu with your homemade tofu press and then saute it in a little olive with salt and pepper. Easy peasy protein squeezy.
CON: Ratatouille isn’t uber exciting, so I overdo it with the animated gifs in an attempt to liven things up a bit.
PRO: Given how simple it is, it’s really quite good (hint: don’t be afraid to be generous with the oil, fat is your friend! It’s a big part in what makes this dish so delicious.)
CON: I’m going to venture a guess that if you aren’t a veggie lover, you’re probably not going to be crazy about this one. It is basically vegetable mush. (but it’s good!!)
PRO: It’s a great way to make short work of summer produce abundance.
CON: Ratatouille is hard to spell.
At least it’s easy to eat.