The basic components that define the ratatouille are:
tomatoes (the main ingredient)
These ingredients are traditionally sauteed in olive oil and can be served over rice or potatoes, preferably with a crusty French bread (and a glass of wine for the chef.)
Recipe for a simple ratatouille
1 medium sized onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium or large eggplant, diced
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 medium zucchini diced into large chunks
add herbs as desired (try basil)
olive oil (enough to sauté onion/garlic)
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onion and garlic until tender
Add eggplant and tomatoes, bring to simmer
Simmer, covered for 15 minutes
Simmer for 10-15 more minutes until vegetables are suitably soft
Remove from heat
Stir in the herbs, season to taste
Boiled, cubed potatoes
Modifications to the basic recipe for ratatouille
Just with any recipe, ratatouille is open to interpretations. Great additions include diced chicken, sauteed firm tofu, seitan and more seasonal vegetables. The dish may be topped with grated cheese at the time of serving.
The dish when prepared following the recipe included here, is a vegan dish, meaning that it contains no animal products. This could be a great dish to serve at a dinner party where a mixture of omnivores and vegans are present. This article contains more tips on hosting such a dinner party.
Ratatouille as prepared here is also relatively low-fat. The only fat comes from the olive oil. Omitting the olive oil creates a fat free dish.
This dish is also fairly low-sodium. Since the dish features delicious, fresh vegetables, cutting own on salt can be easy. The only thing to watch out for is the canned tomatoes. Make sure that you are using tomatoes that do not have added sodium, or simply use fresh tomatoes.
This dish is great year-round. During the summer months, when fresh vegetables are abundant, this can be a light, easy dinner. During the winter months, when heartier fare is desired, adding more protein and serving over potatoes can make a comforting dish.
Recipe found at Ratatouille Recipe: Learn to Prepare the Dish Made Famous by the New Pixar Movie
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