Ratatouille = Movie + Dinner
Farm-fresh tomatoes, eggplant and creamy ricotta provide the fanfare on the table, while a charming tale of love and food in Paris cue up the entertainment.
I’m not super hip on a lot of the kids movies, especially the ones with guns and things blowing up that my sons likes. So when Ratatouille came out, I was thrilled to go see it with him (and yes, I did manage to stay awake). If you missed it, you know it's about a mouse and a kitchen. What you don't know, if you haven't seen the movie Ratatouille (or maybe even if you have), is that it's about the true meaning of food–which ultimately is about love.
And there is no better time to make this French dish than now, with farm stands overflowing with tomatoes and eggplants.Traditionally ratatouille is made with tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and herbs all simmered together in olive oil. But we've grilled the eggplant, added ricotta cheese, and layered and baked it to make a main dish perfect for summer meals. And while it may not bring back memories of childhood, you'll love it just the same.
—By Jill Melton, Editor
A new take on a classic ratatouille recipe—this hearty version calls for fresh ricotta cheese to add heft and flavor.