Our grandkids love the computer-animated comedy film, Ratatouille, produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney. So after seeing me serve this dish for a friend-lunch, the kids wanted to make it themselves. It was a fun cooking activity during a recent sleepover and they not only enjoyed the ratatouille with the same name as the movie, but they also felt accomplished.
Ratatouille is a French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice, and sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise. With many methods of preparation, it is basically a recipe of sliced eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and fresh herbs arranged over tomato sauce and baked until tender.
Served to friends
Birthdays are fun, most of the time anyway. Celebrating birthdays with girlfriends is always fun. It is a chance to catch up and laugh about getting older, because laughing is better than complaining. Last week a few friends gathered to celebrate a birthday by having lunch together at my house. Ratatouille was part of a French-themed menu I planned and we pretended we were in Paris!
How to make ratatouille
Two of our grandchildren came the day after our lunch for a sleepover and they tasted what was left of the Ratatouille. Was I surprised that they liked it and wanted to make more.
I made a few changes to the original recipe so we could compare and decide the version they liked best. Kids love to cook and were so excited to make the recipe themselves.
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup water
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 small eggplant, trimmed and very thinly sliced
- 1 zucchini, trimmed and very thinly sliced
- 1 yellow squash, trimmed and very thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and very thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and very thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or to taste
- 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese (optional)
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