LOL My kids & I just saw the movie Ratatouille last week and they were intrigued but the idea of the FOOD ratatouille. But I KNOW that my oldest does not LIKE most vegetables - my daughter will, on occasion, depending on her mood, either love them or hate them. BUT I LOVE THEM. So I figured I'd make it and cash in on the popularity of the movie.
I looked around the net for an interesting recipe - there's so many variations. I wound up making my own because I wasn't paying attention LOL It came out SCRUMPTIOUS and my kids RAVED over it. My oldest, mr. only likes green beans, asked for 2nds... and 3rds!
- 1 medium sized eggplant, peeled and cut into approx. 1" chunks. (I didn't seed it either)
- 2 medium sized zucchini (not peeled), sliced
- 1 medium sized yellow squash (not peeled), sliced
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped (but left in good sized chunks)
- 1 14 oz can tomatoes (with onions)
- 1 beefsteak tomato, quartered and eighth'd? LOL
- 1 tbls. olive oil
- 3 large cloves garlic, sliced
In a pot, I sauteed the onions and garlic. Once the onions were transluscent, I added the green peppers - covered the pot and let them cook down some. To that, I added the eggplant & tomatoes and then simmered it, covered, for about 15 minutes - or perhaps 20. Finally, I threw in the celery & squashes. Again, I covered it and let it simmer while I cooked up a pound of angel hair spaghetti, which I served the ratatouille over. Truly, this was a delicious meal! It did need some salt, but we added that individually - and it was even better when we added parmesan cheese. All in all, a BIG success in my house!