Ratatouille
 
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Julia Child's ratatouille. Excerpted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Copyright © 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb eggplant
  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, more if needed
  • ½ lb (about 1½ cups) thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 2 (about 1 cup) sliced green bell peppers
  • only 1 green pepper but add 1 orange pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, if necessary
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1 lb firm, ripe, red tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and juiced (makes 1½ cups pulp)
  • 3 tablespoons minced parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel the eggplant and cut into lengthwise slices ⅜ inch thick, about 3 inches long, and 1 inch wide.
  2. Scrub the zucchini, slice off the two ends, and cut the zucchini into slices about the same size as the eggplant slices.
  3. Place the vegetables in a bowl and toss with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Drain. Dry each slice in a towel.
  5. One layer at a time, sauté the eggplant, and then the zucchini in hot olive oil for about a minute on each side to brown very lightly.
  6. Remove to a side dish.
  7. In the same skillet, cook the onions and peppers slowly in olive oil for about 10 minutes, or until tender but not browned. Stir in the garlic and season to taste.
  8. Slice the tomato pulp into ⅜-inch strips. Lay them over the onions and peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Cover the skillet and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until tomatoes have begun to render their juice.
  10. Uncover, baste the tomatoes with the juices, raise heat and boil for several minutes, until juice has almost entirely evaporated.
  11. Place a third of the tomato mixture in the bottom of the casserole and sprinkle over it 1 tablespoon of parsley.
  12. Arrange half of the eggplant and zucchini on top, then half the remaining tomatoes and parsley.
  13. Put in the rest of the eggplant and zucchini, and finish with the remaining tomatoes and parsley.
  14. Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  15. Uncover, tip casserole and baste with the rendered juices. Correct seasoning, if necessary.
  16. Raise heat slightly and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes more, basting several times, until juices have evaporated leaving a spoonful or two of flavoured olive oil. Be careful of your heat; do not let the vegetables scorch in the bottom of the casserole.
  17. Set aside uncovered. Reheat slowly at serving time, or serve cold.
Recipe by eat. live. travel. write. at http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/2012/07/ratatouille-for-the-jc100/