Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Remy's" Ratatouille

Harvest season is upon us and it's time to start reaping the benefits of all those hours you have put into the garden (or all the hours your nice friends and neighbors have put in). The zucchini and squash are all ripening up and what better way to use them up than with an amazing ratatouille dish?

I don't know about you but I have a very hard time getting my kiddos to eat squash or zucchini (Yuck!). I have found that if I am a bit creative they will eat. One of my biggest wins was recreating the Ratatouille that Remy the rat makes in the Disney movie.  It turned out delicious, looked just like Remys (though completely cooked by humans!) and was a hit with the kids. A thanks to my friend Suzie for providing us the awesome squash!

Remy’s Ratatouille
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1 cup tomato puree
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Large Squash (I have used zucchini, eggplant, red bell pepper, really whatever you have like that should work)
Fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
parchment paper, 1 1/2 quart baking dish
Optional: Goat Cheese, mandolin

Preheat oven to 375 degrees .

Place baking dish on parchment paper and draw a pattern of the bottom of the dish. Cut out the pattern and see if it fits as a "lid" to the dish. You may have to trim the paper a bit. It's easiest to do this part first.

Pour tomato puree into bottom of an 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Stir in the onion, Garlic and 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, Season with salt and pepper.

Thinly slice the squash (or whatever you are using). I use a Mandolin for quick uniform cutting. I can't imagine doing this without one, but it would be possible.

Arrange the slices of squash (or what you are using) on top of the tomato mixture in the dish. Overlap the slices and alternate colors. Cover the whole dish like this (see pic below)

 Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the arranged squash. sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and salt and pepper.

Cover with your parchment paper and bake for 45-50 minutes until squash is cooked but not limp or browned and tomato sauce is bubbling up.

Optional: Serve with goat cheese dolloped on top.

The ingredients
your Tomato Sauce

Thinly slice your squash

Arrange your squash slices
Cover your masterpiece with parchment paper
Your finished Ratatouille!

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