Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Ratatouille

Ratatouille 

Originating from Nice in Provence, Ratatouille is a layered melange of roasted vegetables with grated cheese liberally sprinkled all over and baked to prefection. Served as a casserole with pasta or crusty bread.

Mine is tweaked, a modern Ratatouille; 21st Century!

There are similar vegetable dishes local to Spain, Greece, Turkey and Italy a variation of the original French Ratatouille Provencal; pronounced Raa-taa-tu-eee. 


I like to serve this up with  a Goat Cheese and triangles of freshly baked puff pastry.


The aubergine, red and yellow peppers, zucchini topped with crumble goat cheese and puff pastry triangles.
Or simply serve them in vol au vents?


Ingredients
Makes  enough for 30 large Vol au vents

1 tbsp olive oil

1 zuchinni
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 small eggplant/aubergine
1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp safflower oil

1 large golden onion
2 cups skinless chopped diced tomatoes
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black peppercorn
1 cup water
1 tsp dried herbes de provence 
1/2 cup  diced/crumbled goat cheese

Cut the vegetables into equal sized squares, toss them with olive oil sprinkle this with salt and roast in the oven until just soft. Do not over cook them.


In a pan heat a tbsp of oil and add one very finely chopped large onion, Saute until it is soft and catches a light colour. Now add 2 cups of chopped tomatoes, brown sugar, salt and pepper, herbs de provence and water.

Cook until it is thick and sticky. 
Toss the roasted vegetables into this sauce. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes prior to serving. 

To serve

Place the Ratatouille in a large shallow bowl and crumble all the feta over it. Sprinkle with a choice of green herbs for colour; watercress, mint, parsley, corriander all work well.
Top with the puff pastry triangles.

Tips
Serve it in a vol-au-vent. Ensure that most of the liquid is evaporated otherwise it will get soggy. Fill it just before you want to serve it up and heat it for 3 minutes before serving to melt the cheese.
If you have fresh herbs, use oregano and thyme to substitute herbs de provence.


For more wonderful recipes click on

Niloufer's Kitchen: French Bistro

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J2KMB4C
And
Niloufer's Kitchen: Moroccan Cuisine
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GP0CSBI

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