Chef Travis Wick
What’s the easiest way to get your grandkids to eat their vegetables? By creating the cooking time around a Disney movie of course! Ratatouille was a hit back in 2007 and many kids who enjoyed this animated movie know of this delicious French dish
Originally from Nice, France this tasty dish was a summer peasant fare of fresh vegetables cooked as a stew. Julia Child made it popular in America back in the sixties until it faded away only to be brought back to its glory days by an animated rat that can cook!
Usually associated with eggplant it can be made with a variety of vegetables and diced into a stew or sliced and fanned into more of a beautiful work of art. I don’t know too many kids who crave eggplant so I substituted roasted tomatoes instead. Slice up the vegetables, turn on the movie and enjoy two classics together.
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Cut bell pepper, tomato and squashes into coins about 2 cm thick You should get 12 slices of each vegetable
On a lightly oiled baking pan place tomatoes and bell pepper
Lightly drizzle with oil and sprinkle with spice blend
Bake for 5 minutes
Meanwhile heat a large sauté pan with oil and sauté squashes on each side (do not over fill pan).
Season well with the spice blend and then only sauté the squashes until they begin to brown. Do not overcook!
When all vegetables are done, place them in a draining pan or atop absorbent paper towels. You want to remove as much liquid as possible.
Sauté onions for 5 minutes, add garlic and sauté for two more minutes.
Season with the spice blend on top of all the ingredients.
When all ingredients have cooled you are ready to assemble.
Any dish will do, but a round glass pie pan seems to work best. First add tomato sauce. Spread evenly half of the onion/garlic mixture over sauce covering bottom of dish. Then layer around the edge, tomato, pepper, zucchini and then squash. Repeat in a spiral fashion until full. Spread rest of onion/garlic mixture on top. Next sprinkle parsley and finally parmesan or feta cheese. Bake for 5 minutes. When timer goes off turn oven to Hi-broil and broil for 3 minutes.
-Chef Travis Wick