I know, I know- it’s another pile of vegetables with something white on top. But really! Try it! This one came about because I had a bucket-load of eggplant and squash from my friend’s garden- and what do you make with squash and eggplant??
Why, ratatouille, of course! Only I didn’t want to dig out the mandolin slicer and go to all the labor that Saint Julia requires for a real ratatouille. So I went to my friends at Cook’s Illustrated. Even with my tweaks, it came out excellent, as is typical of their work. I wanted a ratatouille I could pop in the oven and forget about for an hour, then have dinner done. So instead of slicing and layering and baking, as a traditional ratatouille, this one is diced and roasted- and carmel-y and intense, too- due to the roasting. And it is delicious! AND EASY!
- 1 medium eggplant, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 summer squash, diced
- 1 package of brown mushrooms, quartered
- 5 cloved of garlic, sliced
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained- 15 oz.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
- salt and pepper
- fresh goat cheese to top
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Dice up the whole kit and caboodle, about 1/2″ dice. Toss everything but the goat cheese together in a bowl. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and roast 60-90 minutes, stirring at the half-way point.
- Sprinkle with a dab of goat cheese, and enjoy your vegetables!