By Blooming Aprons
A delicious summer vegetable stew packed with flavorful and colorful vegetables.
Ratatouille is a French stew usually prepared in the summer when fresh produce and vegetables are at their peak. It is full with colorful and ripe vegetables like eggplants, sweet peppers, zucchini and juicy tomatoes. This recipe is perfect to use up all the abundance of vegetables and makes enough to feed your whole family and have some leftovers to enjoy the next day. Honestly, I like it more the next day, when the vegetables had more time to soak in each other flavors and absorb the seasonings and herbs.
The process is simple although it can take a bit of time, but I promise you, it is very worth it. Usually I like to make this on a Sunday afternoon with freshly picked produce from the farmers market. First, the vegetables need to be washed and cubed, then they are cooked one by one, mainly to allow them to brown instead of steaming together. I found that this process makes the ratatouille the most flavorful! Enjoy this dish as soon as is ready with some bread (i use gluten free) or let it cool down a bit while letting the flavors sink in a bit more. Store in the fridge and enjoy all week long!
In a cast iron pan, or any other heavy bottomed pan, heat around 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook while stirring occasionally until eggplant starts to get some golden color, about 10 min. Add more oil if necessary as eggplant tends to absorb oil when cooking.
Add the rest of the oil and the onions and cook around 5 min or until soft. Add bell peppers, stir and let the vegetables cook uncovered for another 10 min stirring occasionally. Add the zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes.
Lastly, add the tomatoes and chili peppers, season with salt and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add minced garlic, stir very well and let it cook for another 5 min. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and more olive oil if desired and serve warm or at room temperature.
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