Ratatouille is a traditional French dish of stewed vegetables that includes tomatoes and usually includes eggplant and zucchini. The hearty side-dish (usually served with pasta, rice, or bread) is flavored with garlic, onions, and herbs like basil and thyme.
We like this easy-to-make ratatouille recipe because it’s really as simple as combining all your ingredients into an oven-safe dish, seasoning with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and baking your ratatouille until the vegetables are tender. One of the most important things to keep in mind, though, is slicing your ingredients into equally-sized pieces; this helps to ensure even cooking amongst the ingredients. If you have a mandolin, this is a great opportunity to use it as it saves time and will slice the vegetables evenly.
If you don’t have the exact ingredients you can always substitute with others that are similar in taste and texture — just be sure you don’t eliminate the tomatoes or garlic.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.