Eggplant Ratatouille

14 Oct

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This is a delicious way to use many of the vegetables that are in abundance right now, eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini  Seasoning it heavily with thyme and rosemary make this an hearty and interesting dish. It is great all by itself or served with cornbread and over pasta or rice. I used cherry tomatoes because our plants are exploding, but any type of tomato will be delicious.

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2 yellow onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lb zucchini, chopped
2 Bell peppers, chopped
6 medium-size eggplant, 1/2 inch cubes
1 lb fresh ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
Salt to taste
2 tbsps thyme
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs rosemary
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Using a large oven-proof pan over medium high heat, sauté onions in olive oil until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Season with thyme, salt, rosemary, and pepper. Add garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. Then take out and place in a bowl.

Put 2 more tablespoons of oil in the pan on medium-high heat. Quickly add enough zucchini cubes all at once to cover the bottom of the pan. Keep on cooking over high heat, stirring, until zucchini is lightly browned on all sides. Season. Remove zucchini cubes, and add them to the bowl with the onions.

Working in batches, repeat this process, making sure to add a little olive oil between each new batch, with the bell peppers, then the eggplant cubes.

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When all the vegetables (except the tomatoes) are browned put them all back in the pot together with the onions. Increase the heat to high and stir, making sure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and one cup of water. Then turn the heat to low and cover, stirring every couple of minutes.

At this point the ratatouille should be moist and shiny, with very little liquid. Remove the bay leaf, and season to taste with salt and pepper. The ratatouille can be served at room temperature or refrigerated and reheated the next day.

I served it over gluten-free pasta and it was a big hit.

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2 Responses to “Eggplant Ratatouille”

  1. yourothermotherhere October 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    It sounds delicious!

    • Simple Nourishing Delicious Food Blog October 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

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