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Provencal Ratatouille Recipe

Remember Provence
The traditional ratatouille recipe wants the vegetables to be brown in olive oil in a frying pan, each one separately. Do not peel them at all. All the vegetables are cooked with their skin to preserve a maximum of taste. Then, they will be mixed and will confit together in an earthenware casserole.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 kg Ripe Fleshy Tomatoes
  • 8 Zucchini
  • 6 Aubergines or 4 big ones depending on size
  • 2 large Red Peppers
  • 1 Green pepper
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 bunch Flat Parsley
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 branches of Thyme
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preparation of the peppers: Cut the red and green peppers into thin sections after having seeded them, without removing the skin. Blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes to make them more digestible. Remove from the water when slightly softened. Drain water over a colander.
  • Meanwhile, trim the eggplants into cubes with their skin. First cut them in the direction of their length, then cut perpendicularly to get dice.
  • Peel and crush two garlic cloves.
  • Wash and chop the parsley.
  • Lightly heat half a cup of olive oil in a skillet. (Preferably a Provencal olive oil!)
  • When the pan is hot but not too hot (because the olive oil loses its beneficial qualities if it's burnt), sauté the aubergines with garlic and a large handful of parsley.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Preparation of the tomatoes: Score the bottom of the tomatoes. Dip the tomatoes in boiling water for about 3-5 minutes for ease of peeling the skin.
  • Wait until they cool to cut and seed them. You can fry the tomatoes with peppers or separately, still with olive oil and garlic. Stir occasionally.
  • Slice the onions.
  • In another pan, brown the onions with two tablespoons of olive oil, then add the peppers. After about 10 minutes, or as soon as the peppers have softened, add the tomatoes. Stir often to prevent vegetables from clinging to the bottom of the pan.
  • Remember to check the eggplant, which should brown a little on the flesh side. Remove the eggplant from the heat once it begins to brown.
  • Preparation of zucchini: Cut zucchini into cubes. Prepare two cloves of garlic again, and chop parsley.
  • Brown zucchini cubes in a skillet over medium heat in the preheated olive oil. You can use a little less oil than for eggplant.
  • Add the pressed garlic, and a good handful of chopped parsley. Stir often. Add a spoon of olive oil to the zucchini if necessary.
  • When the zucchini is browned, season with salt and pepper.
  • Stop cooking already cooked vegetables, and drain juices. Watch the others as they must not be crisp.
  • Bake the ratatouille: When all the vegetables are cooked and drained, mix them in a casserole dish.
  • Add thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
  • Cover and simmer in the oven (150C or 300F) for at least two hours (minimum). Stir occasionally.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Several variants exist: replace the thyme with basil or add onions, according to taste. Making a homemade ratatouille is not complicated, it's just a bit long, but it's worth it.
Keyword Eggplant, Herbes de Provence, Onions, Tomatoes, Zucchini
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