I have a confession: I simply love all things Disney!
And if you’re an avid Disney lover like me, the first thing that came to mind with the name of this recipe was the classic Disney film “Ratatouille.” After watching the movie about the adventurous mouse-chef named Remy, I was left wondering, “What in the world is Ratatouille actually?”
Ratatouille is originally a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish, consisting of a mix of vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, as well as herbs. It also comes from the French word, “touiller”, which means “to toss food.” The name suits the dish well, as it really is a big “toss up” of vegetables and is very adaptable.
The dish uses a lot of fresh, summer vegetables, which makes for the perfect side dish this season to any grilled meat. I could even see serving it with a nice fried or poached egg on top!
While making and creating this recipe, I really did feel like little chef Remy: Lots of chopping, stirring, and more chopping! The recipe yields a lot of Ratatouille, which is a plus because you will have plenty of leftovers, and it tastes just as great, if not even better, the next day!
1 tbsp. ghee
2 large yellow onions, large chop
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large eggplant, cut into ¾ inch cubes
2 yellow squash, sliced and then cut in half
2 zucchini, sliced and then cut in half
2 bell peppers, seeded and cut into ¾ inch cubes
2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1-2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. dried thyme
¾ c. chopped fresh basil.
1. In a Dutch oven or another tall and wide pot, heat ghee over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent. Add in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
2. Stir in eggplant, yellow squash, and zucchini, along with some sea salt.
3. Add in 3/4-1 cup water, cover and simmer until vegetable begin to become soft (5-8 minutes).
4. Stir in bell peppers, cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.
5. Stir in the 1-2 tsp. sea salt, tomatoes, tomato pasta, and thyme and bring to a quick boil and then reduce heat to a medium-low to simmer once again, with the pot partially covered.
6. Allow vegetables to simmer until all the vegetables are tender. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes. If the Ratatouille seems too runny, you may add a tsp. or two of tapioca or arrowroot starch, to slightly thicken.
7. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh chopped basil.
Jouir! (Which means, “enjoy”, in the French language)
Question of the Day: “What is your favorite Disney movie?”
~Mine has always been “The Lion King,” but now that the amazing “Frozen” has come out, the two are tied at the top for me! But I truly do love all of the Disney movies