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Easy Ratatouille Recipe

Updated on December 14, 2015
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Having lived in both North and South Louisiana, Yvonne has accumulated a variety of great country, Cajun and New Orleans style recipes.

Fresh Vegetables

Ratatouille ingredients including tomatoes, squash and mirlitons all fresh from the garden.
Ratatouille ingredients including tomatoes, squash and mirlitons all fresh from the garden. | Source

Use Vegetables That You Have on Hand

Since I love to garden, I usually have an assortment of fresh vegetables on hand. Many years ago my French father taught me how to make ratatouille from a little of this and a little of that. Ratatouille is a quick and easy Mediterranean dish. The only skills you need are to be able to cut vegetables and measure ingredients. You can use any vegetables and herbs that you have on hand.

I leave the peel on for most vegetables. However some people do not digest tomato skins well. If that is the case in your family, then use large tomatoes, not the cherry size. You can quickly peel them by sticking them with a fork in the stem end and dunking them into boiling water for 30 seconds or so. The peel will crack and curl up so that it can be easily removed. This is another cooking tip that my father taught me.

Baby Ichiban Japanese Eggplant

My favorite eggplant, long Ichiban eggplant are tender and delicious.
My favorite eggplant, long Ichiban eggplant are tender and delicious. | Source

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Juicy Tomatoes

Any kind of tomato can be used.
Any kind of tomato can be used. | Source

Vegetables and Herbs

Zucchini squash are best when eaten young, but any size is good in this dish.
Zucchini squash are best when eaten young, but any size is good in this dish. | Source
Golden Bell Pepper, one of the holy trinity of Cajun cooking.
Golden Bell Pepper, one of the holy trinity of Cajun cooking. | Source
Various herbs, including fennel, thyme, sage, and rosemary.
Various herbs, including fennel, thyme, sage, and rosemary. | Source

Yvonne's Ratatouille Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Ratatouille Ingredients

  • 1 large onion or 8-10 shallots
  • 2 bell peppers or 4-5 banana peppers
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 Icaban Eggplant
  • 2-3 yellow or medium Zucchini squash
  • 12-15 cherry or 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons of chicken broth granules
  • About 2 tablespoons of Fresh herbs or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Brown Rice

Instructions

  1. Cook the brown rice according to package directions. Chop the onions and peppers. Cube the Eggplant and slice the squash. Halve the cherry tomatoes or quarter the romas. Remove the skin if desired.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a frying pan. (I use a seasoned black iron skillet.) Heat the oil on medium. Sautee the onions, garlic and eggplant for 2-3 minutes. Add the sliced squash and halved tomatoes. Sprinkle the chicken broth granules, the chopped herbs and a couple of pats of butter on top. Add some water so the bottom layer doesn't burn and to help steam the vegetables. Cover and turn down heat to medium low. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir the ratatouille to mix. Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with grated parmesan.

Possible Ratatouille Ingredients

Here's a quick list of some of the vegetables that I have used in ratatouille:

  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Snap Beans
  • Corn
  • Mirliton
  • Carrots
  • Onions or Shallots
  • Various herbs, especially herbes de Provence

Ratatouille has its origins in Mediterranean cuisine so it is a "heart healthy" dish. It can be served as a side dish, or as a main dish when accompanied with pasta, rice or bread. My father, who was born in the Catalan district of southern France said that you could put in what ever vegetables that were available at the time. The various combinations are endless. It can also be eaten heated as a side dish or chilled with oil and vinegar as a salad. Just add a little chopped meat and you have a one dish meal.


Sweet Banana Peppers

Sweet Banana Peppers are a delicious addition to ratatouille.
Sweet Banana Peppers are a delicious addition to ratatouille. | Source

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    • naturegirl7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from South Louisiana

      Thanks so much. I'm going through my recipe box and my Mom's to find our favorites so that I can share more.

    • Francesca27 profile image

      Francesca27 

      7 years ago from Hub Page

      Beautiful pictures. Well arranged Hub. Great Recipe. Keep them coming.

    • naturegirl7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from South Louisiana

      Thanks ladies, I wish I could invite both of you over because I have plenty of ingredients. ;)

    • JimmieWriter profile image

      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I adore tomato based dishes, especially when the ingredients are coming from the garden! Wonderful hub.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      Sounds good will have to try it when my garden is ready.

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