A Colorful Layered Ratatouille Casserole

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Layered Ratatouille Casserole

Recipe is from The Table

 

 A ratatouille niçoise is a traditional French dish, but there are many different versions. The most simple ratatouille is made by sautéing vegetables together. I have also seen ratatouilles made into a stew. This layered ratatouille is an adaptation of Julia Child’s recipe. Instead of just sautéing the vegetables, they are layered and baked in an oven. In my opinion, it makes the presentation absolutely beautiful.

Layered Ratatouille Casserole

When looking for the vegetables, try to find veggies with a similar size. It will make the ratatouille look much more uniform. Otherwise, you may need to cut the vegetables to make them more even. I had to cut my eggplant in half. However, slicing the vegetables is much quicker using a mandoline than a knife. It guarantees thin, even slices every time.

You can also lose a finger with that thing. I almost did.

If you get queasy easily, just skip to the recipe. I promise that I didn’t post any pictures of my finger. Or what was left of it. Just kidding.

Layered Ratatouille Casserole

The last time I was slicing zucchini with a mandoline, I was using it to make nice and thick slices. The protective handle was just getting in the way, so I decided not to use it. I bet you know where this is going. I’ll leave out the gory details, but let’s just say it was the bone in my finger that kept the blade from going completely through.

Ever since then, I get such an uneasy feeling when using the mandoline. Since I don’t want to lose any digits, I always use the protective handle now.

Layered Ratatouille Casserole

If you manage to slice the vegetables without losing an appendage, this is a wonderful side dish for any occasion. The tomato sauce seeps up into the veggies, giving them a wonderful flavor. I could eat this dish almost every day.

Seriously, I think I’m going to make it again tomorrow. It’s that good.

Layered Ratatouille Casserole

I served this layered ratatouille casserole over a bed of parmesan polenta and alongside a grilled beef tenderloin steak (*upcoming recipe hint*). I really think this ratatouille is the perfect dish to serve with company. You can slice the vegetables and arrange them in the dish earlier in the day, then store them in the fridge until ready for use! 

Find the recipe at The Table.

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