Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Grilled Ratatouille #FoodieExtravaganza

This month our Foodie Extravaganza group is celebrating National Fruits and Veggies month.  This party is being hosted by Ellen of Family Around the Table.


I decided to make one of my favorite vegetable dishes, Ratatouille. Ratatouille is normally stewed but for today's event I decided to grill it.

I cut my veggies into bite size pieces, tossed them with olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and thyme.  All except for the tomatoes, I simply halved them so they would disintegrate during the grilling process.


Thyme is not traditionally in ratatouille.  The herbs are normally basil and marjoram but I didn't have any fresh marjoram and I did have fresh thyme so there you have it.


I loved this version of ratatouille that is perfect for the summertime.  I love grilled veggies anyway and these were bright, vibrant and tender.  Not only was it delicious but it made a beautiful and colorful presentation.  


This is the perfect way to "eat a rainbow" this summer.  It is great as a vegetarian and vegan dish.  It also makes a great side dish to whatever else you are throwing on the grill for dinner.


Foodie Extravaganza meets on the first Wednesday of each month to celebrate National Food Holidays.  Interested in joining us?  We would love to have you.  Just leave a comment below letting me know and I will ask the administrators to add you to our Facebook group.  Please include your blog name in the comment.



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Grilled Ratatouille

prep time: 15 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 40 mins
All your favorite ratatouille veggies and flavors grilled instead of stewed. Perfect way to "eat a rainbow" this summer.

ingredients:

1 eggplant, diced
1 zucchini, halved and sliced into moons
1 yellow summer squash, halved and sliced into moons
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 orange bell pepper,, seeded and diced
1 stalk celery. sliced on the bias
2 plum tomatoes, halved
leaves of 3 stems thyme
4 large basil leaves, rolled and sliced (chiffonade) 
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 t. red wine vinegar

instructions:

Place tomato halves onto a grill pan.  Place remaining veggies in a large bowl with the basil and thyme.  Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Toss to coat veggies and then place onto the grill pan with the tomatoes.

Place grill pan on gas grill that has been preheated to high using indirect heat (only lighting the burners on one side of the grill).  Place the grill pan on the side of the grill that is unlit and close the lid.  Cook, stirring and tossing occasionally for about 20-25 minutes, until the veggies are tender.

Remove the tomatoes and cut into medium dice.   Place in a bowl with the remaining veggies.  Toss with the vinegar and serve.
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18 comments:

  1. I bet the flavor is amazing since grilled the veggies. It looks delicious, Wendy.

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  2. Love the caramelization you got on the veggies.I could just eat that all day long by itself (with a glass of wine of course).

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    1. Absolutely have to include the wine Sue.

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  3. This sounds so yummy! Need to make this for a summertime treat - am already thinking about which wine!

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    1. I will be sharing my choice later this month Jill.

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  4. One of my favorite things is grilled vegetables!!

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  5. What a fabulous idea to do this dish on the grill! Such a gorgeous dish. Now I "need" a grill pan!

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    1. I use my grill pan all the time. I have the flat one pictured and I also have a grill wok that I use even more often.

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  6. Still working on my herb garden, definitely need to put some thyme in there! This sounds perfect, love grilling veggies!

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  7. One of my favorites. We serve it over rice.

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  8. I love both ratatouille and grilled veg, but don't think of the two combined. Sounds tasty!

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  9. We've been firing up our grill almost three times a week lately and this is perfect for us to make a healthy side dish. Love grilled veggies!

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    1. I love grilling season...enjoy this dish, it is wonderful.

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