Reproducing Ratatouille

Reproducing Ratatouille

I. Introduction

       This weekend, I made Confit Byaldi, which is a stylized version of the french dish, Ratatouille, that inspired the name of the movie, "Ratatouille". I made this dish for a friend's birthday, who was vegan. I had never cooked without meat before, so I thought this dish would be a fun challenge. I also just really like the movie.

       The specific recipe I used was Bruno Albouze's Ratatouille Casserole Dish. He said the dish would be "fantastic", and I legit belived him, and it came true.

II. Methodology

Materials

Piperade Sauce:

  • 1 onion, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 carrots, washed, unpeeled, and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp butter and olive oil (if you’re making this for your vegan friend, don’t use butter!)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper, charred, peeled, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 poblano pepper and 2 chili peppers, charred, peeled, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 can crushed tomato
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, minced

Sliced Vegetables:

  • 2 yellow squash, sliced in 1/16-in. rounds
  • 2 zuccihinis (green sqaush), sliced in 1/16-in. rounds
  • 2 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, sliced in 1/16-in. rounds
  • 6 roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/16-in. rounds

Seasoning:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tsp thyme leaves, chopped
  • salt pepper to taste

Here are some tips that I would have found very helpful on my first attempt:

  • If you don’t have a gas stove, you can roast your peppers by putting it in the oven at 500 C for 40 minutes, which will also char your vegetables nicely.
  • The size of the pan I used was only 9 inches in diameter, and I used 1 yellow squash, 1 zuccihini, 1 eggplant, and 3 roma tomatos, with lots of leftover slices to spare
  • Make sure you get all of your vegetables to almost the exact same diameter. If your eggplant is just a little bit bigger, you won’t be able to make the beautiful fan.

III. Results and Discussion

      I had a lot of fun making Ratatouille, and its colorful pattern and vibrant taste makes pretty great to bring to a party. I think what made this dish really stand out was the Piperade Mixture; It had a strong, spicy taste on its own, while also packed with flavor from the tomatoes. When roasted underneath the sliced vegetables, everything caramelized altogether, and it made eating these vegetables a treat. I've never been a fan of eggplant or zuccihini, but after making this, I'm going to be rethinking my old diet of chicken, curry, steamed bok choy, and Chipotle.

IV. Conclusion

      Was p fun to make. I would love to make this again if given the opportunity, and I hope you can share this gr8 recipe as well.

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