I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ratatouille

I'm thinking vegetarians and carnivores will enjoy this recipe. It's a good way to get your kids to eat their veggies. It's even better served in a bread bowl. Throw it in the slow cooker before you leave for work, and you will have a nice hot meal ready for you when you get home.

Add a little cheese to make it even better.

RATATOUILLE
(serves 8)

Ingredients:
*1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 medium onions, chopped
*3 medium tomatoes, chopped
*1 large green bell pepper, chopped
*1 large red bell pepper, chopped
*1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
*1 zucchini, peeled and chopped
*3 tablespoons olive oil
*3 tablespoons dried basil
*1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*3 cloves garlic, minced
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
*1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
*1 (5 1/2 ounce) can pitted ripe olives, drained and chopped.


Directions:
~Sprinkle the eggplant with salt.
~Let stand in a colander for 1 hour to drain.
~Press out excess moisture.
~Rinse egg plant.
~Put the eggplant into a crock pot.
~Add the onions, tomatoes, red-green-yellow peppers, zucchini, olive oil, basil, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
~Mix well.
~Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
~Stir in tomato paste, and olives.
~Serve hot or cold, whatever tickles your fancy.

Variation:
-Add cooked chicken, shredded
-Add cooked ground beef
-Add cooked Italian sausage

2 comments:

pmzago said...

I make something quite similar to this from time to time, I have found that adding Italian sausage to be a very tasty addition.

BJ Brinker's Home Cooking said...

That sounds really good. I'll have to try that next time. I'll add it to the variations. Thanks.