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Guest: Classic Ratatouille Recipe From "Ratatouille!"

By: | October 4, 2017 | | 28 comments

John return to TRH with another Guest Post
John Rieber
Ratatouille From “Ratatouille!”
The recipe for Thomas Keller’s Confit Byaldi, the accordion-fanned version of Ratatouille used in the animated film is available on the French Laundry website, but buy the gorgeous cookbook as well…my friend Michael Ruhlman co-wrote it with him!v
Ratatouille
It’s easy and looks beautiful when done.  Here are the directions:
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree (such as Pomi)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small eggplant
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 red bell pepper
fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Ratatouille2.jpg
Pour tomato puree into bottom of an oval baking dish, approximately 10 inches across the long way. Drop the sliced garlic cloves and chopped onion into the sauce, stir in one tablespoon of the olive oil and season the sauce generously with salt and pepper.
Trim the ends off the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash. trim the ends off the red pepper and remove the core, leaving the edges intact, like a tube.
On a mandoline, adjustable-blade slicer or with a very sharp knife, cut the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper into very thin slices, approximately 1/16-inch thick.
Atop the tomato sauce, arrange slices of prepared vegetables concentrically from the outer edge to the inside of the baking dish, overlapping and alternating vegetables.
Drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fresh thyme over the dish.
Cover dish with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside the dish.
Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, until vegetables have released their liquid and are clearly cooked, but still a bit firm. You should see the tomato sauce bubbling around them.
You can serve with soft goat cheese on top, alone, or with some crusty French bread…
I love how this looks when done, and have made it several times.  You can see more pics, and a look at the film itself, on my website.
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  1. I’ve made a version of this quite a few times – I LOVE it. 🙂
    I also really like it is once it is almost ready, if you add some mozzarella on top, and let is melt all over the veggies…

  2. That looks beautiful arranged in the dish like that..I had something very similar in a restaurant a little while ago just in a smaller dish but the flavours were amazing 🙂

    • Hope your’s tasted as good as this one looks Carol

      • I hope so the vegetables were sliced very thinly and arranged like that just in lines but was a small dish but very tasty the ingredients looks similar to the one I had going by my taste buds..l am pretty good about guessing what ingredients are in something by taste but expect a lot of cooks are 🙂

  3. Love ratarouille, the colors and the flavour of all those vegetables in one combo 🙂

  4. That LOOKS so beautiful and I am certain it tastes delicious.

    • I plan to include more pictures in the future – it’s surprisingly easy and indeed tastes delicious – it also makes a great table presentation!

      • That one picture was sufficient to convince me I have to make it! I live in France not too far from the Côte d’Azur and the home of Ratatouille so I see lots of them but this … really this is a game changer in my head. Instantly 🙂

        • Thanks for your nice note!

          • De rien, as we say here. And thank you for following me. I seldom do a tit for tat but I am interested enough in your site to feel I will also follow you. Hurrah. Group hug. Let the fun commence (unless you are horribly disappointed in what I produce 😬)

          • I warn you that I post travel, food, books and sometimes crazy movies…let me know if there are any posts you particularly like…you can always click on the travel bar and see only travel stories as well, or food, etc.

          • Oh I’ll give it all a go and if I want to drop something from the syllabus I’ll just not look at that not. No need to warn, I’m one for suck it and see!

          • 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • My dear its not possible to be disappointed Osyth, you have an awesome site

          • Far too kind 🙂

        • So glad you like it my dear friend – please let us know how it turns out for you

    • Most certainly – another one to try out soon

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