Monday, February 6, 2012

A Must-Try Recipe: Ratatouille!!

Who doesn't like French food? I started taking French this past fall, and an assignment in the class was to write a one-page paper about a French cultural experience we had. My mom was making this vegetable dish, and I thought it seemed really similar to Ratatouille. I compared the recipes and they were exactly the same!

I decided to share this recipe with you guys today. It's delicious and incredibly healthy. And let me tell you, I hate vegetables with a passion, but I ate a lot of this!

• 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
• 1 c. chopped shallots
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 eggplant
• 1 zucchini
• 1 yellow squash
• 3 large Roma tomatoes
• ½ cup grated Permesan cheese
• Salt and black pepper, to taste

(Weary of some of the ingredients? Don't worry! Cooked eggplant doesn't really have a strong flavor to it, and can be replaced with sliced potatoes if you want. With the other ingredients, the dish tastes a lot like spaghetti sauce.)

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
• Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
• Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the shallots and sauté until translucent (about 8 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook for another minute. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
• Slice the eggplant, zucchini, squash and tomatoes into ¼ inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the shallots, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
• Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.

The results are delicious--it tastes almost exactly like spaghetti sauce, and is traditionally served with grilled chicken. Yum!!

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