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I grew up eating ratatouille…and I typically  made it like my mom did….tossing in summer veggies like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini.  No recipe needed.  Then some friends raved about Julia Child’s version…and I had to try it.  Well, as you could probably guess, this ratatouille was outstanding.  Unless you are my hubby, who held up a piece of eggplant asking “what is this?” My answer of “a vegetable” didn’t seem to ease his skeptical thoughts.  But trust me…this is an excellent way to enjoy your summer harvest.

 

I have made it as directed, but this time, I didn’t have time for the last covered cooking period.  My veggies retained their color, but the flavor is truly better with the additional braising time.

 

Ratatouille…adapted from Julia Child
1 pound eggplant, peeled an cut into bite sized chunks
1 pound zucchini, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
2 bell peppers (I used red),  cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, mashed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound firm, ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut into bite sized strips
Minced parsley, optional
Place eggplant and zucchini into bowl.  Toss with the 1 teaspoon salt and let stand for 30 minutes.  Drain if any juices have accumulated, then dry pieces with a paper towel.
Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute eggplant in one layer, till lightly browned on each side.  Remove from pan and saute zucchini; remove.
Saute onions and peppers, till tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Add tomatoes and put lid on pan.  Reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.  Uncover and baste the tomatoes with any juices.  Raise heat and allow juices to evaporate.
Return the eggplant and zucchini to the pan, cover and cook about 10 minutes.  Remove lid and again cook till juices evaporate. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Toss with minced parsley if desired to serve.

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20 comments on “Ratatouille”

  1. This is a delicious way to use all the zucchini that will soon be filling our gardens. What a beautiful and healthy dish!

  2. Lizzy, I like this version of ratatouille 🙂 simple yet delicious 🙂

  3. I really enjoy eggplant and know I would love this. Yummy! I’m not so sure about the boys in my household though.

  4. This looks much prettier than the typical ratatouille I make! I need to revisit my Julia Child cookbook. There must have been so many classic recipes like this one that I completely neglected!

  5. Just wanted to say, I love your recipes. You always post something that I am looking for. For instance, zucchini. My garden is overflowing like never before. I have never harvested so much zucchini in my life!! Thanks for sharing,
    Aimee

  6. I like the chunkiness of this version of ratatouille.

    I also liked the movie 🙂

  7. Fantastic! I’ve been wanting to try Julia’s version for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oooh! Good luck with the college trips 🙂 Lovely ratatouille, can’t go wrong with Julia!

  9. Scrumptious chunky ratatouille!

  10. I like to cut the veggies up small enough so my husband can’t really tell what is an eggplant and what isn’t. Mwah ha ha!

  11. What a great eggplant dish. I love love love eggplant.

  12. Lizzy look delicious!! I lov ethis, gloria

  13. This looks super tasty, I think I have to try it soon

  14. Great recipe….. I have to try this ratatouille!

  15. Love trying different recipes that look so good and are so healthy

  16. Just lovely – makes me so hungry just looking – I LOVE this dish!
    Mary

  17. Love the zucchini in there!

  18. I love ratatouille! Perfect for this time of year, great photos!

  19. I could never get the spelling of the French version of these vegetables that I love so much, right!
    I love to combine them with pasta, which is also so delicious.
    Lizzy-leave it to you to come up with the most simple and yet so pretty and colorful yummy dishes!

  20. I LOVE ratatouille! What an easy (tasty) way to get your vegetables!

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