Loving the seasonal changes during my walks thru city and the Farmers Market. As Fall approaches, leaves change color and drop just like the temperature, I find inspiration in bringing this feeling into my home. This is why cooking and baking inspires me. This past month I have been canning more than ever and seeing my kitchen shelves filling jars of beautiful bounties from the summer fulfills my heart.
I wanted to share with you the easiest most rewarding side dish ever. You will find this in my refrigerator during the winter as it will compliment any dish from eggs to rice. Simple, easy and so delicious.
This particular recipe is from a 2011 Saveur issue. I love just about every recipe Saveur has published and have been a big fan since their first publication in 1994.
- 1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. dried herbes de Provence
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
- 2 large yellow onions, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 medium zucchini (about 1 1/4 lbs.), cut into 2″ pieces
- 1 medium eggplant (about 14 oz.), cut into 2″ pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and quartered
- 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and quartered
- 10 whole peeled tomatoes from the can, drained
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Heat oven to 400˚. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat. Add herbes de Provence, garlic, onions, and bay leaf; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
- Increase heat to high; stir in the zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Uncover pot, transfer to the oven, and bake, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and lightly browned, about 1 1⁄2 hours.
- Stir in basil and parsley, transfer ratatouille to a serving bowl, and serve warm or at room temperature.