I have been a picky eater since I was a child. Even now when I try not to be a big baby a still can not incorporate some foods into my diet (I think I'm the only one on earth who does not like asparagus). Peppers are one of the veggies that I just could not make myself to like until my darling husband almost "made me" try a yellow pepper ( the peppers I have tried were always green). And then I discovered for myself that I do really like them)).
Baking this ratatouille, I was really skeptical. I didn't think that I would like it. But if you really like food like I do you will experiment and roll out of your comfort zone. It came out so delicious that I was kind of embarrassed that I thought I would not like it.
- Zucchinis - 1med
- Aubergines - 1med
- Red bell pepper - 1
- Yellow bell pepper - 1
- Onion - 1med
- Crushed conserved tomatoes - 400gr (you can use half fresh diced and from another half make a sauce. I was just too lazy because I was making it at 8 PM)
- Salt/pepper/red pepper flakes
- Any herbs - I had some basil and oregano both dried
- Spring onions
- Cheese - 100gr (I had 50/50 gouda cheese and goat cheese).
1) Preheat your oven to 200C. Cut the zucchinis and aubergines in slices and grill them for 2-3 min each side (this will not only help you to cook them better but also they will lose a part of water weight)
2) Chop the onion and fry in an oiled skillet too translucent.
3) Add your crushed conserved tomatoes and bring to a simmer. After this add your herbs a big pinch of salt, the herbs, black pepper and pepper flakes. Simmer for another 3-5 min.
4) In a baking dish pour half of the sauce and layer your veggies. I went first with aubergines, then zucchinis and with chopped peppers. Pour on top the rest of your sauce
5) Grate your cheeses and top your dish with it. Cover with a foil and bake for 40 min closed and 10-15 min without a foil. Sprinkle some spring onions and serve.
My tip is if you do not like some of the ingredients then do not use it or substitute. You can add a yellow squash or skip the aubergine. You do you and don't let any Frech intimidate you.