Ratatouille

One of my favorite Disney movie characters is Remy, the rat who aspired to become a chef in the movie Ratatouille.  That film brought recognition to the dish ratatouille, other than France where it originates.  It’s simply a stew made from vegetables and seasonings. It is delicious on its own, but can also be tossed into soups, cooked with eggs, and stuffed into sandwiches.  This is an easy recipe that can be varied according to what vegetables you have on hand.  When you make it, give a little salute to Remy!

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Ratatouille (serves 4-6)

 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 eggplant (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1/2” pieces
1 zucchini, chopped
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onion, red bell pepper, green pepper, eggplant, and zucchini.  Stir until vegetables are tender.  Stir in tomatoes, spices, salt and pepper.  Cook 5 minutes, then add vinegar.  Taste to see if more salt is needed.  Remove from heat and stir in basil.  Serve warm.

SidesEvan Wei-Haas