The colorful ratatouille reminds us of our childhood, just like it happened with the food critic in the Pixels animated movie “Ratatouille” Anton Ego. It is a vegetable stew that originated in France. The dish contains vegetables only, so it is a heaven for vegans. The dish is preferred for weight loss diet as it is full of nutrition and low on the calorie count. Ratatouille is versatile as it can be served both as a main and side dish. Numerous options like rice, omelet, potatoes, chicken, or even pasta, go well with it. A question might arise in your mind that what does ratatouille taste like with so many ingredients in it?
How is the perfect Ratatouille made?
Homemade ratatouille takes effort and time. The recipe includes eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and garlic. The ingredients may differ, but a basic recipe must consist of these items. You can add or subtract any vegetables depending on your taste buds. The vegetables must be fresh and firm. Ratatouille is made at the end of the summer season when vegetables are at the top of their taste. If you have the best produce of vegetables at your home, think no further and use them in your dish.
There are two distinct ways of cooking it. You can either put all the vegetables together or cook them separately. The choice depends on each cook. The vegetables are cooked in olive oil. Some cooks prefer cooking vegetables together. However, it is not the preferred method. The vegetables can be sautéed separately and then combined and simmered at the end. The sautéed vegetables are seasoned at the end with herbes de Provence.
What Does Ratatouille Taste Like?
You should be able to taste every ingredient separately while eating the perfectly made ratatouille. The combined taste of ratatouille is unique and hard to comprehend. It has a blend of acidic taste with a rich and strong flavor of the vegetables. Cooked eggplant has little bitterness but becomes rich in taste if cooked properly. Zucchini is both sweet and bitter, with pungent and sharp garlic. Tomatoes play a significant source of flavor in this dish. Pick the freshest and ripest tomatoes. It has a unique flavor, as it combines sweetness, sourness rendering a balanced sense of taste. Vegetables have a bland taste. However, cooking changes the taste. When the vegetables are combined and allowed to cook in the end, all these flavors combine. Ratatouille can be eaten cold or hot. To maximize its flavor for your loved one, make it a day before you want to serve it.
Although the dish became a sensation through the movie, it was quite famous in France even before it. Ratatouille is liked mainly as a side dish rather than the main dish. It requires expertise and your time, but the end dish is worth your effort. You can have a homemade ratatouille, or find a French restaurant near you to experience what ratatouille tastes like. Enjoy the flavorful taste of this unique and rainbow-looking dish! Bon Appetite!