For today’s French Friday, I’m bringing you two of my favourite French dishes in one – a ratatouille quiche! I ate a lot of ratatouille over the summer, simply because the tomatoes and produce was so beautiful in France and try as I may, I couldn’t get out of a market without eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini. Ratatouille is a dish that I make often, but I don’t tend to stick to one recipe (I’ve made Clotlide’s version, Julia Child’s, a clafoutis version and a couple of other simple versions). The basic ingredients are the same (tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onions, garlic) but sometimes I slice them, sometimes I dice them; sometimes I serve it hot, sometimes at room temperature; sometimes as a main dish, sometimes a side… You get the idea.
The inspiration for this dish came last week in France as I was frantically trying to make sure we didn’t throw any food away as we left the house. You can be sure of a few things about my fridge in France. You will always find rolls of pre-made puff pastry (all butter), eggs and some form of ratatouille (either cooked or in ingredient form).
On the second last night in the house, as we bid farewell to friends at 9pm (they had come over at 6pm for “a quick drink”!), I wondered what I could rustle up for dinner and hit upon this. Combining most of the ingredients in the fridge would produce a vegetable quiche. More specifically, a ratatouille quiche. It was excellent, eaten by candlelight on the terrace. I made it again this week and while it was good, it wasn’t quite the same. But hey, it did bring a little bit of the South of France to Toronto…
Bon appétit et bon weekend!