Saturday, August 14, 2010

ratatouille panzanella

ratatouille panzanella
Originally uploaded by kel h
Ratatouille is a rustic french vegetable dish. Panzanella is a rustic Tuscan bread salad. I saw Bobby Flay make a grilled ratatuille the other day, and when I got a giant eggplant in my CSA share last week, the idea for this recipe was born

1/2 of one large eggplant cut into 1 inch cubes
1 zucchini cut in half and sliced into one inch half circles
1 summer squash cut in half and sliced into one inch half circles
2 small red onions cut in halves and cut into quarters
4 roma tomatoes cut into four slices each
1 lemon zested and juiced
1/3 to 1/2 olive oil
2 cloves garlic grated
1/2 tsp thyme
I sprig basil sliced into strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
1 small baguette or four small dinner rolls (stale) Should be a type of bread that will hold up to soaking
1 ball fresh mozzarella cut into small cubes

Make a vinaigrette out of the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic clove, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.
toss veggies in about half the vinaigrette and either put on skewers and grill or roast in the oven at 400 for half an hour turning once.
cut the bread into cubes and toss into the rest of the vinaigrette.
Add the fresh herbs and cubed cheese
Let the roasted vegetables cool for a bit until they are warm, then toss with the bread and cheese
can be served warm or cold

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