Guest: Classic Ratatouille Recipe From "Ratatouille!"

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
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.
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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  • josypheen
    Posted at 09:54h, 04 October Reply

    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…

    • johnrieber
      Posted at 10:36h, 04 October Reply

      That is a great idea!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 16:35h, 04 October Reply

      Oh wow – another twist and sound awesome to add the mozzarella

      • johnrieber
        Posted at 16:36h, 04 October Reply

        I have another recipe to share soon with more pictures, i feel this post was a bit light in that regard!

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 16:50h, 04 October Reply

          Hi John, Perfect, just let me know when ready and I can let you know the next available opening. Good stuff. Good feedback up to now. 🙂

  • blondieaka
    Posted at 09:49h, 04 October Reply

    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 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 16:35h, 04 October Reply

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

      • blondieaka
        Posted at 17:07h, 04 October Reply

        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 🙂

  • chefkreso
    Posted at 09:12h, 04 October Reply

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

    • johnrieber
      Posted at 09:30h, 04 October Reply

      I promise to add more “making of” pics the next time, because it is easy to do and does indeed look colorful when presented!

      • chefkreso
        Posted at 07:49h, 05 October Reply

        Can’t wait to check it out 😀

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:09h, 05 October Reply

          Let us know how it turned out, and how about you also be a Guest on my blog. Please let me know if you would be interested. That will be just awesome

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 16:33h, 04 October Reply

      Thanks for visiting and your comments – Yes, it’s super moreish

  • Osyth
    Posted at 08:19h, 04 October Reply

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

    • johnrieber
      Posted at 08:58h, 04 October Reply

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

      • Osyth
        Posted at 09:24h, 04 October Reply

        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 🙂

        • johnrieber
          Posted at 09:30h, 04 October Reply

          Thanks for your nice note!

          • Osyth
            Posted at 09:56h, 04 October

            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 😬)

          • johnrieber
            Posted at 15:26h, 04 October

            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.

          • Osyth
            Posted at 22:14h, 04 October

            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!

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:58h, 05 October

            🙂 🙂 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 16:36h, 04 October

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

          • Osyth
            Posted at 22:11h, 04 October

            Far too kind 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:56h, 05 October

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 16:34h, 04 October Reply

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

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 16:33h, 04 October Reply

      Most certainly – another one to try out soon

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