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Ratatouille

Updated: Wednesday, February 5 2014, 04:02 PM EST
Servings: 12–8 oz. portions

INGREDIENTS:
1- each Eggplant
12- each Roma (use what you have or grow) tomatoes
4- each Onions, medium size yellow or white
2- each Yellow and Orange bell peppers ( use what you have or grow)
2-3 each Zucchini
3-4 each Yellow Squash
2- ounces Tomato Paste
½ cup garlic, minced
¼ cup Herbes de Provence
½ cup Olive Oil
To taste Salt and Pepper
1 Can Tomato Juice

DIRECTIONS:
Wash and rinse all of your vegetables. Medium dice all of your vegetables and place into separate bowls, as you will be cooking in a specific order. The Eggplant should be peeled and dices last to keep it from turning brown. Heat a pot large enough to hold all of the vegetables. Start by sautéing the onions. When the onions begin to soften add in the garlic. When the onions are fully soft add in the tomato paste and mix well. You want to sautee this mixture to develop some carmel to the tomato paste. Keep an eye on this as it can easily burn. Just a few minutes will do. Add into the pot ½ of the herbs and all of the eggplant. As the Eggplant softens you will add in the bell peppers. When the peppers are tender add in the zucchini and squash. When the squash becomes tender add in the tomatoes and the rest of the herbs. Reduce the heat and simmer.   It is important to keep stirring the mixture to evenly cook and prevent scorching. Understand that we are beginning by developing flavor then we add in the vegetables in the order of how long it takes them to cook. Understand that as these vegetables cook they will release their own liquid. This dish can be served as a side dish or as a main course. Depending on how thick you want it (either a side or a main dish) you can add in tomato juice and let simmer. This is a dish, once it has cooked, that can be eaten right away or if let to sit will continue to develop flavor. This is also a dish that once cooked can be eaten cold or hot. Ratatouille


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