I mentioned last week that I'd be making a ratatouille from my farmer's market purchases. I realized that it's been years (literally) since the last time I made ratatouille. With so many tempting looking summer vegetables at the market, I needed little prodding to whip out my recipe and bring this favorite dish back into my regular rotation.
I learned how to make this years ago (a student in France) just from watching a nice Breton who made us the only vegetarian supper he could think of. I think this version might be a little more authentic though I've never tried it. My meal ensued thusly:
Chopped vegetables ready for sautee-ing.
The potatoes and mushrooms are of my own design.
Everyone is feeling sexy and mingle-y in the sautee pan.
Here come the tomatoes and the crushed garlic (not pictured).
No bouquet garni, but I made do with some dried thyme, basil and whole oregano which I crumbled.
Everything simmers until the flavors marry (about 20 minutes). Throw in the heel of some parmesan if you have it, maybe even a splash of red wine.
I served mine with some spicy italian sausage and fresh cornbread. A crusty french loaf would also be nice.
And then we ate it again on Saturday with lamb chops.