Theme: Inspired By Magic
The word magic can mean different things to different people. That term is used so loosely like the word love. We love our family, we love our bed, we love potatoes. Clearly they all mean different things to us. So when I think of something magical I relate it closely with fantasy. An escape from reality to another world with hope and wonder. And for me I immediately think of Disney. I grew up watching Disney movies and still enjoy them as a grown up. One of my favorites is Ratatouille. I have no idea why I enjoy it so much. A rat that cooks in a restaurant. Sounds absolutely disgusting, right?! But I can’t stop watching it. What’s more magical than a rat that cooks gourmet food.
After seeing that movie for the first time I realized that I have never actually had or made ratatouille before. The concept is easy enough. Thinly sliced vegetables and arrange in a dish. This is now one of my new favorite ways to eat veggies. So yummy and can be served as a main dish or a side.
2 cups grape tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
2 asian eggplant, thinly sliced
3 red potatoes, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1. In a sauce pan add grape tomatoes, garlic and onion. Simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
3. In a baking dish add half the tomato sauce at the bottom of your baking dish.
4. Alternate the vegetables into stacks and then place them in the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
5. Place parchment paper on top and bake for about an hour. Half way through pour the remaining tomato sauce on top.
6. In a small bowl add mayonnaise, garlic salt, water and lemon juice. Combine.
7. Remove from oven and plate. Drizzle with aioli. Add some Tabasco for heat.