Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ratatouille



So for the past two days, we've been enjoying the best summer veggie treat, ratatouille. Ratatouille is a delicious, healthy way to enjoy and use up a lot of the wonderful vegetables that so many people have overflowing their gardens this time of year. It's also a very forgiving recipe, with only a couple of essential ingredients -- everything else is fairly optional. Here is my basic recipe for this wonderful main course over pasta or rice, or side dish.

Ingredients:

Extra virgin olive oil
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper
Adobo (or garlic powder)
Chopped fresh tomatoes or canned stewed or diced tomatoes
Italian seasoning
Any combination of the following sliced or chopped:
Zucchini
Eggplant
Red peppers
Green peppers
Squash

Heat a fairly large frying pan, and coat the bottom with one good swirl of olive oil, then turn down the heat and add the chopped garlic (about two cloves, depending on how garlic-y you like your food). Add the vegetables (not the tomatoes). Add a few good shakes of salt, pepper, and Adobo, let simmer for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and a good shake of the Italian seasoning and let cook for a good 10 minutes or until the veggies are nice and tender. I like to add a little bit of canned crushed tomatoes to get a nice sauce coating.

Remove from heat and serve with your chosen items!

4 comments:

Christopher And Tia said...

I've never had ratatouille? I make a lot of veggie dishes, but this is one that I haven't tried.

Debra said...

That looks really good, I will have to try it.

strawberriesinparis said...

cute blog!! I see we both have an affection for flowers and french things! awesome. :-)

Agent M. said...

Yum. Love it. My dad makes the best! although, when I lived in the UK I was fine eating it from a can! :0

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