What Is Ratatouille Made Of?

What Is Ratatouille Made Of?
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For many, the movie Ratatouille was a great influence on why this
dish is loved by so many around the world. It certainly was an influence for
us!


During the current climate where we are having be more conscious of our health and look after ourselves, it’s only right that ratatouille makes it to the meal plan. Summed up nicely by one of our favourite quotes from the movie which says…

“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” Remy

This is so true! If you think about…


What is ratatouille made of?

It’s only the good stuff – eggplant, courgettes, tomatoes, bells peppers – all really nice and delicious vegetables on their own, but even better put together!

The great thing with this dish, is it doesn’t have to be limited to just those vegetables, you can add in any other vegetables that you fancy.

So, why do we eat simple yummies like ratatouille?

Well that’s simple… (no pun intended!)

  1. It’s really easy to make and can be made using one pot – result!
  2. It’s a great way to use up any vegetables you have in the fridge.
  3. It encourages you to eat a variety of healthy vegetables all in one
    dish.
  4. It’s a great dish that is easy to serve to dinner guests with varying
    dietary requirements. – It can be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free
    without compromising on taste
  5. It is easy to store for future uses both in the fridge and the freezer
  6. It can be eaten up as both a summer dish and a winter dish.

Ratatouille just on its own without any enhancements is perfectly delicious and will have your palette jumping for joy.

But…

As always, at Simple Yummies we always want to try and see how we can enhance the flavour of already good food and make it even more amazing!

Our favourite twist to this dish is paneer.


What is paneer?

Paneer is an Indian cheese that is made from cows’ milk that has been
curdled with lemon juice or acidic elements.

It’s a non-melting cheese that you can grill or fry and is widely used in curries or in this instance, in our ratatouille.

It has this gentle yet luxurious taste that when mixed with ratatouille crates nothing more than just a heavenly taste.

Don’t just read this – try it for yourself!

Paneer cheese is nowadays easily available in your supermarket or your
local world foods store.

Ratatouille Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Medium Eggplant
  • 2 Large Courgettes
  • 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 300 g 400g paneer cheese
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions
 

  • Cut the eggplant, courgettes and bell peppers into chunky pieces and mix with 2 tablespoons of olive oil thoroughly through the vegetables. Place The vegetables into the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C.
  • Cut the paneer cheese into chunky squares. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pan and add paneer cheese to the pan. Sear all sides of the cheese until golden brown before adding onions.
  • When the onions and cheese are golden brown, add tomato purée before lowering the heat and adding the water. Add salt, sugar, herbs and garlic to the tomato and leave to gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Optional- for a slightly thicker tomato sauce, you can also add a tin of tomatoes to the hot pan.
  • Remove the tomato mixture from the heat and transfer into the vegetable mixture in the oven. Allow the ratatouille to continue cooking in the oven for 40 minutes at 150°C before serving.
Keyword Ratatouille, Sidedish, Vegetables

So, now you know what is ratatouille made of and how to cook ratatouille. As you can see this ratatouille recipe is certainly not that difficult but it sure is delicious!


What to eat with Ratatouille?

Ratatouille can be eaten with just about anything. You can:

  • Enjoy it on its own with some delicious bread and Parmesan cheese on top
  • Eat it with pasta by simply mixing in boiled pasta into the ratatouille mix – this is a perfect dish for taking to work.
  • Also eat it with a piece of protein like chicken, beef, pork, fish etc.

If you have any ratatouille remaining after this (highly doubt it!), you can place it into an airtight container and freeze it or alternatively you can place it in the fridge for up to 5 days.



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Please also check out our Mash Potatoes with Blue Cheese recipe, this makes such a yummy side dish too!



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