Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ratatouille


Sunday, I'm off to Lebanon, I can't wait to see my family and friends. I will be there for a long vacation, until september 7th. I love summer in Lebanon, though it's gonna be pretty crowded, but this is the spirit of a real vacation. People on the roads, packed beaches and night clubs, busy restaurants...
Well, I'm so excited... I promise this time I will come back with lots of pictures and new recipes.
Let's go back to our ratatouille now...

Ratatouille is a traditional French provencal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice.
It is usually served as a side dish, but also may be served as a meal on its own (accompanied by pasta, rice or bread). Tomatoes are the key ingredient, flavored with garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and garnished with herbs. It's very easy to make, the method is simply to sautee all the vegetables together. Ratatouille is also used as a filling for savory crepes, or omelets.
I really enjoy it in the summer... and it was a great way to empty my fridge before going on vacation! Now my kitchen is closed in Paris :)


Ingredients:
1 eggplant, peeled every other strip, then cubed
1 onion, diced
3 zucchinis, cubed
1 red bell pepper, cubed
4 tomatoes, diced
1 can tomato puree
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp herbes de Provence
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium high heat and sautee the onion until softened. Add the eggplants, sautee until browned. Add the zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and canned tomatoes. Add the whole peeled garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper.

Do not stir, cover with a lid and stew for 12 mn. Mix the vegetables, turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 30 mn. Add the herbes de Provence. Uncover and simmer again for another 20 mn on low heat until most of the liquid has evaporated.


Ingredients:
1 aubergine, épluchée en laissant de bandes de peau, puis coupée en dés
1 oignon émincé
3 courgettes, coupés en dés
1 poivron rouge, coupé en dés
4 tomates, coupées en dés
1 boîte de purée de tomate
4 gousses d'ail, épluchées
1 càc d'herbes de Provence
2 càs d'huile d'olive
sel et poivre selon goût

Faites chauffer l’huile dans une cocotte à fond épais et ajoutez y l'oignon émincé. Ajoutez les aubergines, et faites les revenir jusqu'à coloration. Ajoutez les courgettes, les poivrons, les tomates, et la purée de tomate. Ajoutez les gousses d'ail, épluchées mais entières. Assaisonnez de sel et de poivre.
Ne remuez pas, couvrez la cocotte et laissez mijoter à feu doux environ 12 mn. Remuez les légumes et laissez mijoter 30 mn de plus. Ajoutez les herbes de provence et laissez mijoter à découvert 20 mn de plus, ou jsuqu'à évaporatin du liquide.





25 comments:

  1. Lovely Ratatouille recipe. Have a great trip! Enjoy every minute of your stay and do come back with plenty of pictures. I will be eagerly waiting for them.

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  2. Your ratatouille looks delicious! I really love that versatile dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. That ratatouille looks divine!

    ...as does Lebanon! I would LOVE to go to Lebanon one day. I hope you have a good time!

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  4. Your ratatouille is lovely! I like the idea of peeling the eggplant every other strip.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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  5. Love your photos! Have a great trip, I'm sure you will eat very well there. Thanks for the recipe for the ratatouille, one of my favorites dishes!

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  6. Ratatouille is a great dish, I love the pictures!
    Have a good vacation!

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  7. I love ratatouille! Have a wonderful vacation and be sure to keep us posted on all the delicious food!

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  8. I hope you have a relaxing trip!

    The ratatouille looks perfect, and I love that you've added herbs de provence!

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  9. Your ratatoille looks really good. Have a great vacation!

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  10. that`s so yummy! and such a beautiful pics!

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  11. i love ratatouile et your photos.... i have Tag for you..if you want of course...
    http://www.leplaisirdegourmandise.com/article-moelleux-aux-cerises-et-amandes-et-je-vais-me-marier-54392694.html

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  12. A very colourful and delicious-looking ratatouille!

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  13. What a lovely post today. I love all the photos and your ratatouille looks delicious. Have a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Chico, love the ratatouille and our Tourlou is similar. I will be in Greece soon and I wish you a relaxing, fun and safe summer!

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  15. Ratatouille is yummy and I keep forgetting to make some, even though we have all the required veggies here in the garden at our disposal. Très belle photo.

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  16. I love ratatouille...with all the veggies in it...yours look so yummie...by the way, great pictures!

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  17. Your ratatouille looks wonderful. Can't wait to see photos from your vacation. Have fun!

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  18. This makes me want to run to the farmers' market since I haven't made ratatouille yet this summer! Looks delicious.

    Love that last photo!

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  19. Oh comme j'adore la ratatouille! I didn't know it was from Nice, I'm just in Cannes at the moment, so I'll have to make sure to eat some whilst being down here! Have a super great time in Lebanon!

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  20. This is one of my favorite dishes in summer. Just combine all leftover vegetables and saute. This one looks so appealing! Wish you a wonderful vacation with your family and friends!

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  21. What a great looking dish of ratatouille! I hope you have an amazing trip!

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  22. Hello..
    I really like spicy food..This dish is really looking very delicious..Thanks a lot for sharing recipe here..I am looking for your further recipe here..keep posting..
    Regards,
    raymeds.com

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