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Ratatouille

on October 4, 2012

Jennie made this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated a few weeks ago.  It was wonderful!  We ate it with whole wheat pasta & sausage.  Next time she makes it I’m going to use it as a pizza topping.

MAKES 7 CUPS, SERVING 4 TO 6 AS A SIDE DISH

For the best-flavored ratatouille, we recommend very ripe, beefsteak tomatoes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2large eggplants (about 2 – 2 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Table salt
  • 2large zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4cup olive oil
  • 1large onion, chopped
  • 2medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2medium tomatoes (ripe), about 1 pound, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1. Place eggplant in large colander set over large bowl; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt and toss to distribute salt evenly. Let eggplant stand at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours. Rinse eggplant well under running water to remove salt and spread in even layer on triple thickness of paper towels; cover with another triple thickness of paper towels. Press firmly on eggplant with hands until eggplant is dry and feels firm and compressed.
  2. 2. Adjust one oven rack to upper-middle position and second rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 500 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil.
  3. 3. Toss eggplant, zucchini, and 2 tablespoons oil together in large bowl, then divide evenly between prepared baking sheets, spreading in single layer on each. Sprinkle with salt and roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until well-browned and tender, 30 to 40 minutes, rotating baking sheets from top to bottom halfway through roasting time. Set aside.
  4. 4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook until they release their juices and begin to break down, about 5 minutes. Add roasted eggplant and zucchini, stirring gently but thoroughly to combine, and cook until just heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, basil, and thyme; adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve. (Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
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