Friday, July 15, 2016

Recipe Weekend: In Honor of Bastille Day Yesterday...

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Once again, Poor France has been struck by a senseless act of violence.

Bastille Day is their equivalent of our 4th, and it was such tragedy to occur on a day where everyone in Nice was celebrating.

So in honor of our French friends, here's a blast from this blog's past (from it's early days, August 2009), and the ultimate French Summer recipe!
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This recipe is also great for when the screams "I'm bored!" 0 have them whip it up from garden to table!

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Mimi decided that she and Miss Grace would tackle Ratatouille from the kid's new What's Cooking? Ratatouille A Cookbook for Kids cookbook, edited by Thomas Keller. Miss Grace was a bit young, but she had a  good time helping with the "chopping", by loading said chopped items in bowl and stirring them together. 
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Due to her age, she the master prep chef! Instead of the formed dish from the movie, true Ratatouille is more of a vegetable stew (as seen in the critic's flashback moment in the movie). We served ours over rice (we're Southern, what else would we serve stew over?). I personally am not a fan of eggplant and squash (please don't send me comments- I had to try them as a child-hated them, tried them as an adult-still hate them), but the flavor of this recipe is excellent, and perfect for using up all those Summer veggies overflowing your garden!

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1 large eggplant, cubed
4 small zucchini, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped (we used a can of tomatoes,drained)
1 bulb garlic, chopped )or less, depends on how much you like it)
1/2 to 1/2 cp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cp chopped fresh basil (we used dried)
1 red or yellow pepper,chopped (we used combo of both)
Parmesan Cheese
Rice- instant or regular (make while working on Ratatouille)
Optional: we had some leftover baked chicken that we shredded and added to the mix, you could also add leftover crawfish or shrimp!

1. Salt the eggplant, then drain in a colander for 1 hours, then pat dry.

2. Heat half the oil in a large saucepan and briefly saute the eggplant til brown, then add the onion and peppers. Then add garlic, zucchini and tomatoes. Cook until a soft stew has formed, about 15-20 minutes

3. Add chicken (or seafood), if you want to. Add salt, pepper and basil. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve over the rice.

 Serves 4 (per original recipe).
By adding chicken and more peppers we really got more like 8 servings. When you put it over the rice it really is enough for 2 meals if served with salad and bread or rolls, plus you can freeze any leftovers for delicious lunches for Mom or Dad at work!

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