Tuesday, July 20, 2010

La Ratatouille

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Welcome to Remy's Vegetarian Dish Tuesday

I cannot believe it has taken me so long to post this!  When I first started the blog on March 5, 2010, this was one of the first dishes I wanted to make.  Better late than never.

Ratatouille is a French provencal vegetable dish.  Traditionally made with eggplant, zucchini, garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and fresh herbs.

In 2007, Pixar released the animated feature film, Ratatouille, one of my all time favorite movies.  Pixar hired Thomas Keller, America's finest chef, to consult on creating the ratatouille which is the central dish in the film.  Keller used his refined culinary skills to elevate this humble dish.  SPOILER ALERT!  In the climax of the film, Remy the rat chef, serves this course to Anton Ego the most respected food critic in Paris.

Here's my homage to Remy's dish.  This course look simple enough, but what makes it interesting is the shape.  However, the real winners are the tomato sauce infused with cinnamon and vanilla bean, along with toasted brioche breadcrumbs with grated Comte cheese.  Enjoy!

La Ratatouille


For the tomato sauce:
Vine ripened tomatoes
Olive oil
Onions
Celery
Leeks
Carrots
Garlic
Shallots
Tomato paste
Riesling Wine
Cinnamon stick
Vanilla Bean - split in half

Herb Bundle
Thyme
Marjoram
Bay leaf

Note: Quantities are left up to the discretion of the cook's palate.  I would suggest only 1 cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.  Their imprint on the sauce should be subtle.

In a stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, celery, carrots cook for 10 minutes.  Add the leeks, garlic, shallots.  Cook for 7 minutes.  Make a well in the center, add the tomato paste.  Brown the tomato paste to reduce raw acidity.  Deglaze with the Riesling wine.  Reduce the wine until almost dry.  Add the tomatoes, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and herb bundle.  Simmer for 5 hours.  Adding water as needed, if too reduced.  Check for seasoning.  Add sea salt & black pepper.

Remove the herb bundle, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean.  Puree the sauce with an Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome .  Strain through a  CIA Masters Collection 5-Inch Very Fine Mesh Strainer.

For the Vegetables:
Zucchini
Squash
Eggplant
Leeks
Roma Tomatoes

Slice all vegetables thin on a Kyocera Adjustable Mandolin Slicer, Black.  In a baking dish, spoon some of the tomato sauce.  Then layer the sliced vegetable in an alternating sequence.  Cover with a parchment paper lid with a small hole in the center to allow steam to release.  Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes.

For the Brioche Breadcrumbs:
Brioche Bread
Comte Cheese
Thyme
Smoked pimenton
Fleur de Sel

In a food processor blitz the brioche.  In a saute pan, with no oil, toasted the breadcrumbs.  Season with smoked pimenton, fleur de sel, thyme, and finely grated Comte cheese.

To Plate:
Center the ratatouille.  Drizzle the tomato sauce on the plate.  Add a tiny dice of zucchini and carrot.  Spinkle the brioche breadcrumbs.  Garnish with a sprig of chive.

I am sending this dish over to Ann from Momgateway.  She is hosting a light recipes contest and this dish is light! I just recently found her blog and would enthusiastically recommend it.  If you have a good light recipe and would like to take on me, there is still time.  The deadline is July 25, 2010.


That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!

42 comments:

  1. I had no idea that Thomas Keller helped to create the ratatoullie in Ratatoullie. I like that fun fact! Your dish looks so pretty and the tomato sauce sounds delicious.

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  2. Your ratatouille looks so FRENCH to me...;-)) My ratatouille was usually kind of messy and country.

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  3. I love ratatouille! And the movie too :) This looks great, very refined and pretty version :)

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  4. ratatouille when I discovered it I just could not get enough...I was on a diet and this was a main dish for almost a month...it has all the minerals and nutrients...now this one is ART...

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  5. Another beautiful creation Lazaro. The only complaint I have is that this looks and sounds so wonderful that I may have to have at least 5 plates to satisfy the piggy in me. Good luck with the contest!

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  6. Another beautiful dish. Lovely creation as always!

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  7. Your creations amaze me you are so talented!

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  8. Given my eggplant and zucchini LOVE I can't believe I've never made ratatouille either! This version looks seriously tasty.

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  9. Yeah I saw that movie! I have also seen this intricately prepared by a French Chef in "Chef Abroad". The chef carefully placed and designed everything inside the cylinder.All worth it.... Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have been off from blogging for a while. And Im back! Love your new blog template too! I feel like dining in an Upscale resto.

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  10. I am drooling. Can I have this for breakfast? I have never had Ratatouille which i think it pretty crazy. better remedy that asap!

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  11. What fun! The kids have wanted to make ratatouille the way Remy makes it, but we've never tried! They will be thrilled.

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  12. those are some of my favorite veggies! I made a similar stacked eggplant dish on saturday. great minds think alike!

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  13. This sounds wonderful and the presentation is lovely as well=haven't had it in awhile, but I love ratatouille, thanks for the recipe...Have a happy day!

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  14. This looks so good. Leave it to Pixar to go the extra mile and actually hire a chef to create this dish.

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  15. This looks and sounds amazing! Wonderful presentation. So glad I came across your blog!!

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  16. This is gorgeous and I am so pleased that you have paid homage to Ratatouille! It's one of my favorite movies too :) What a beautiful dish... great job!

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  17. Excellent! Great movie and interesting with TK! He definitely is a superb chef! Good luck with your recipe in the contest!

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  18. This is the most innovative way of presenting ratatouille I have ever seen! It looks like a kind of "mille-feuille"! and waow, the addition of vanilla and cinammon is very interesting! I would love to taste it!

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  19. TOtally gorgeous presentation of what can often be a rather dull looking dish. Vanilla and cinnamon in tomato sauce is brilliant. Cinnamon I have done but not the vanilla. I am anxious to try this.

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  20. Oh now this doesn't look like ordinary ratatouille. This is spectacular!

    Hope you're having a great week and thx so much for the bday wishes and your sweet words :)

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  21. Viva la Disney!!! :Looks great.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  22. Okay, I watched that movie and I remembered non of these HAHA. I'm getting old!

    Beautiful creation! The sauce seems flavorful with the ingredients I saw above. Cinnamon and Vanilla bean are new to me to put in a meal sauce. Well done Laz!

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  23. This looks amazing! I think you are giving Remy a run for his money. It has so many flavors going on but still looks very delicate, nice work!

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  24. I just made a dish like this last week -- the recipe was not as sophisticated, though. LOVE ratatouille! I will definitely have to try your version! :)

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  25. great job with those veggies....what a perfect plate, not only is it delicious, it looks incredible.....we eat with our eyes and you just served up a masterpiece!

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  26. The second I saw your photo I knew you had recreated that ratatouille from the movie! This is gorgeous! So refined and lovely. Also one of my favorite moments from the film! PS Love the new look of your blog :)

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  27. This is most lovely...All of the flavors here are amazing, but the herb bundle gets me, delightful. And the presentations is superb!

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  28. Your ratatouille is so sophisticated. Another wonderful creation!

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  29. Great take on ratatouille... I love vanilla in sauces.. it is a magical ghost that no one ever figures out. presentation is spectacular and love the new format!!!

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  30. Blog looks great and so as Ratatouille! It looks perfect.

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  31. How sweet!! "Ratatouille" is one of my very favourite movies :) I have to watch it every few months and I never tire of it!

    I have cooked and eaten ratatouille countless times, but never, ever this way. Your version is lighthanded, fresh, vibrant, forward and beautiful! What a privilege to sample something so thoughtfully put together...

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  32. Love the pictures! So many different recipes and a killer philosophy. I make my wine like a mad scientist so I get it.

    Cheers!

    Jason

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  33. We love ratatouille. Mine is good but not nearly so "presentable". Thanks!
    I'm sending a Facebook request since I don't want to miss out!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  34. Lazaro, This is a beauty and I would love to have a small taste of it! You started your blog on my birthday, thanks for mentioning my special day,LOL
    I love seeing your stuff on Facebook, it's fun sharing all our foodie stuff:-)

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  35. Thank you for your kind words and this stunning take on ratatouille, Lazaro...this looks like a masterpiece! Would love to try it!

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  36. Ratatouille is a classic and your version is so tempting! Well done :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  37. What delicious creation Lazaro! Love this version ratouille!

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  38. Where to begin? This looks FANTASTIC. The idea of cinnamon stick and vanilla in a red sauce is perfect. I love the addition of completely unexpected spices or flavors. Now I just have to watch this movie. :)

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  39. I Loved Ratatouille. I thought Remy was just very endearing. And Linguini very funny.
    Loving your homage to the movie. Never would have thought of using vanilla bean and cinnamon. Ace!

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  40. I love this new take on the ratatouille, especially with the addition of vanilla (I would just omit the cinnamon, since I am not a huge fan of it), that stack has very elegant and chic twist to it, the traditional ratatouille being more of a peasant dish!

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  41. Ratatouille is one of my fave pixar movies and I love the dish as well! I'm going to have to try out your recipe soon!

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