Spa Cuisine- Baked Ratatouille

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Remy: [laying still, Remy reaches up and tastes food, sits up suddenly] “You gotta taste this! This is… oh, it’s got this kind of… mmm, it’s burny, it’s melty… it’s not really a smoky taste. It’s kind of like a certain… Pshah! It’s got like this ” Ba-boom! Zap!” kind of taste. Dont you think? What would you call that flavor?”
Emile: “Lightningy?”

~from Disney’s movie Ratatouille

To make Baked Ratatouille:

1 large purple onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, finely sliced

1 eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into eighths

2 yellow bell peppers, seeded and cut into eighths

2 zucchini sliced thin

5 Roma tomatoes, cored and cut into quarters

1 jar marinated artichoke hearts

a couple handfuls pitted green olives or kalamata olives

combination of fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil and parsley chopped to equal about 1/4 cup

splash of red wine

feta cheese and freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish

a jar of good marinara

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9×13 baking dish layer onions and drizzle a little olive oil over. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper andΒ  a sprinkle of the herbs. Repeat with remaining vegetables, topping with a splash or dry red wine. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for one hour and 15 minutes. Uncover and bake an extra 15 minutes. Just before serving, top with a little warmed marinara sauce and the cheeses. Serve with crusty baguette and your favorite dry red wine.

~Melissa

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  5 comments for “Spa Cuisine- Baked Ratatouille

  1. Kimber Dunn
    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am

    OMG that sounds heavenly!! And I grow most of those ingredients in my garden every year too!! Definitely saving this one! Thanks!

  2. Sandy
    March 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Melissa,
    How about writing your own cookbook since you love recipes so well and I see you love to cook…Another Julia…Tried the strawberry and Kiwi salad with the poppyseed dressing was great!
    I could do an article on the new Julia and all her cookbook collection..Ha! Ha!
    Have a Great Day!

  3. March 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Kimber…this is so yummy and good for you! Let me know what you think after you try it.

    Sandy, that is so funny! I like that idea πŸ˜‰

    I actually have a cookbook in the works, I’d like to finish the novel first. We’ll see….

    You have a great day too!

  4. November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Are you kidding me??? This is amazing!!! Thank you so much for recommending this dish. LOVE:)

    • Melissa
      November 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Hey there pretty lady! πŸ™‚ You beat me to it…I was going to send you the link. This is such a great tasting dish. Baking the ratatouille really brings out the individual flavors of all the vegetables πŸ˜‰ enjoy

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