Gluten Free Recipes
Gluten Free Ratatouille Recipe: A Nod to Les Miserable and the Oscars
Until this past Christmas, I had never even thought about going to the movies on Christmas day, but that all changed with Les Miserables. We didn’t just think about going, we went.
Our family, along with extended family showed up at the theater in the afternoon and found that lots of people go to the movies on Christmas Day. We loved Les Mis and hope that it does well in the Oscars.
Les Miserables is set in France, and is the inspiration for sharing this flavorful French recipe with you. Ratatouille can be made using a variety of ingredients and cooking methods. If you’re a busy mom like I am, this method of combining all the ingredients and letting them cook in the oven is easy and yields delicious results.
One thing I love about this recipe is that the flavors intensify with time, which means that it’s even better the second day. That makes it a perfect make-ahead recipe for serving to company. It also means that everyone enjoys the leftovers, and how often can that be said of leftover vegetables?
- 1 medium eggplant
- 2-3 small zucchini
- 1 large onion
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 medium red pepper
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- Wash the eggplant, zucchini and red pepper.
- Cut the eggplant into approximately one inch cubes.
- Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and cut in approximately half inch slices.
- Chop the onion and red pepper into small pieces. Mince the garlic cloves.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well to coat the vegetables with the oil and herbs.
- Transfer to a large, deep baking dish.
- Bake at 325° for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour. The vegetables will be cooked through and soft when done.
- Serve hot as a side dish or on top of pasta, rice, or bread.
Note: The vegetables cook down considerably, so what looks like a large volume to begin with will look much smaller after being cooked.