Today, I made the first batch of ratatouille for the season. It felt like first fruits of the season going into the pot one by one.
First, I sliced green and orange peppers, then purple onion. While they saute in some olive oil, I go to work.
First, I assemble the cast of characters--eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash along with tomatoes.
Then I get the supporting characters ready--olive oil (already in the pot), salt & pepper and basil--LOTS of basil.
I cube the eggplant. And toss it on top of the simmering peppers and onions.
Between each squash layer, I put sliced tomatoes and generous sprinklings of basil.
Next, the sliced zucchini.
More sliced tomatoes (and basil).
Then sliced yellow squash.
Finally, simmer until all the vegetables are tender.
One summer, I actually grew ALL of the ingredients for ratatouille. I admit--that was many years ago. Of course, as anyone who grows zucchini knows, you had best have a few other recipes handy for your harvest.
Tomorrow we will enjoy the ratatouille.
And celebrate the beginning of summer.
Post Script -- I forgot to link the original recipe. I have now done that above, and also here.