Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ratatouille is a ..

Ratatouille is a traditional French stewed vegetable dish, originated in Nice. 
A Ratatouille is a vegetable stew from the Provence region of France. It is made of eggplant, zucchini, tomato, onion, garlic and seasonings usually basil and thyme.
The ingredients are cooked together until tender, or they may be cooked separately and then combined. Ratatouille can be served hot or cold as an appetizer or side dish.
Ratatouille is usually served as a side dish, but also may be served as a meal on its own (accompanied by pasta, rice or bread). Tomatoes are a key ingredient, with garlic, onions, courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), bell peppers, marjoram and basil, or bay leaf and thyme, or a mix of green herbs.
A Quote on this dish ...
The secret of a good ratatouille is to cook the vegetables separately so each will taste truly of itself. —Joël Robuchon
One method to make ratatouille is to simply sauté all of the vegetables together. 
While some cooks, insist on a layering approach, where the aubergine and the courgette are sautéed separately, and the tomatoes, onion, garlic and bell peppers are made into a sauce. The ratatouille is then layered in a casserole then baked in an oven.
A third method, is similar to the previous one but in this method ingredients are not baked in an oven but rather recombined in a large pot and simmered.
Just make it any way, still it will remain a popular and versatile dish. Ratatouille can be consumed hot, cold or at room temperature. Have it as a meal, or serve it as an appetizer, main course or a side dish to pasta, rice, couscous and noodles.

Seasoning is process of imparting flavor to, or improving the flavor of, food. Seasonings include herbs and spices, which are themselves frequently referred to as "seasonings".

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