Ratatouille Inspired By Ratatouille the movie for #SundaySupper
I am back with #SundaySupper after taking time off for vacation and what a lovely time that was. I came back just in time to join in on this wonderful theme, movie inspired dishes. Well there are lots to choose from. I went directly in my head to Julie and Julia. I have had a life time love affair with Julia Child’s recipes but I have done so many of them on my site already I thought I would try going some where else instead.
What About Remy?
Then my mind wandered to Ratatouille the movie. A delightfully funny and entertaining movie that we all enjoyed. Remy (a rat) has a dream to become a chef and with the help of Linguini, a garbage boy, at the restaurant Gusteau’s he embarks on cooking.
This is one dish that I felt I had not succeeded at yet. I have tried so many and Ken has even smoked a ratatouille. What’s not to like about it, you say? Well for us it is the eggplant. It seems to always be bitter and not cooked right along with the other veggies. It turns out spongy and is a veggie that we all don’t like. Why not just omit it then? Well good question but that it not how I roll.
Try, Try Again!
I want to like it, I want to add it, I love the looks of the veggie with it’s deep aubergine color. So off I went to think about how to do this and try to make the best Ratatouille I have ever made. For us I came up with the perfect combination. Ken adored it!! Amber with new braces on that day had to have some and loved it to. The secret was to peel the eggplant and then saute it with garlic and Herbs de Provence which gave it so much flavor and took the sponginess away. If you like Ratatouille you will love this one.
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil plus more for the ceramic dish
- 3 tsp. Herbs de Provence
- 2 tsp. garlic, minced
- 8 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 large zucchini, red onion & green pepper all sliced
- 10 large mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups Mozarella, grated
- Parmesan, freshly grated
- Salt and Pepper
- Peel the eggplant and dice. In a medium fry pan, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the eggplant, 2 tsp. Herbs de Provence and the garlic and stir fry until the eggplant is lightly browned.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a 12x16" ceramic dish, add the eggplant scattered across the bottom. Add 4 of the slice tomatoes with the eggplant. Salt and pepper to taste and then grate a desired amount of Parmesan cheese on.
- Continue to layer veggies and salt and pepper and sprinkle Parmesan with each layer. Finish with the remaining 4 sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tsp. of Herbs de Provence. Sprinkle with the 2 cups mozzarella and desired amount of Parmesan.
- Bake in the oven for 45-55 min. until veggies are tender and the cheese has browned.
Here are all the fabulous recipes that were inspired by movies. What movie would you have picked? Check them out and then leave your comment.
Toast (bready things)
- Scones (inspired by Tea with Mussolini) – Country Girl in the Village
- Croque Monsieur (inspired by It’s Complicated) – That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!
- Individual Deep Dish Pizzas (inspired by Mystic Pizza) – Momma’s Meals
- Basic Bread Recipe (inspired by Agora) – Masala Herb
- Mystical Double Cheese Pizza (inspired by Mystic Pizza) – Webicurean
- Vanilla Cinnamon Pancakes (inspired by No Reservations) – Pies and Plots
No Reservations (soups and salads)
- 10-Minute Potato Ham Soup with Pesto Swirl (inspired by Julie & Julia) – Shockingly Delicious
- Alaska Smoked Salmon, Celery, and Apple Salad (inspired by Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – Pescetarian Journal
Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)
- الدار البيضاء Fish Tajine (inspired by Casablanca) – Maroc Mama
- Beef and Onions Braised in Beer (inspired by Julie & Julia) – Magnolia Days
- Spicy Seared Tuna with Balsamic Reduction (inspired by Big Fish) – I Run For Wine
- Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs (inspired by Brave) – Big Bear’s Wife
- Puerco Pibil (inspired by Once Upon a Time in Mexico) – From the Bookshelf
Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)
- Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (inspired by The Joy Luck Club) – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Beet Chips (inspired by Food Matters) – girlichef
- Ratatouille (inspired by Ratatouille) – Noshing With The Nolands
- Mushroom and Asparagus Mini Quiches (inspired by Sixteen Candles) – Home Cooking Memories
- Roasted Taters with Bacon (inspired by Lord of the Rings) – Curious Cuisiniere
- Goat Cheese Basil Grits (inspired by Fried Green Tomatoes) – Diabetic Foodie
Udon (pasta and noodles)
- Big Night Timpano (inspired by Big Night) – Kimchi Mom
- Better Baked Mac & Cheese (inspired by Soul Food) – What Smells So Good?
- Spaghetti with Meatballs and Gravy (inspired by Lady and the Tramp) – Juanita’s Cocina
- Spicy Sichuan Noodles (inspired by Eat Drink Man Woman) – Food Lust People Love
Just Desserts (sweet treats)
- The Best Chocolate Cake (inspired by Chocolat) – The Foodie Army Wife
- Chocolate Almond Torte with Raspberries (inspired by Chocolat) – Vintage Kitchen
- Iocane-Dusted Brownies of Unusual Size (BOUS’) (inspired by The Princess Bride) – The Cooking Actress
- Minny’s Chocolate Pie (inspired by The Help) – Daily Dish Recipes
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (inspired by Life of Pi) – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bars (inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- (Gluten Free) Orange Soda Pound Cake (inspired by Joe Vs The Volcano) – Blueberries and Blessings
- Peach and Berry Cobbler (inspired by Soul Food) – The Lovely Pantry
- Golden Ticket Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles (inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) – Weekend Gourmet
- French Macarons (inspired by Marie Antoinette) – Happy Baking Days
- Pistachio and Cherry Cannoli Cups (inspired by The Godfather) – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Bottle Shock (beverages)
- Raspberry Cordial (inspired by Anne of Green Gables) – NeighborFood
- Grapefruit Flirtini (inspired by Sex and the City) – Ruffles & Truffles
- Wines To Pair With #SundaySupper Movie-Inspired Recipes (inspired by Sideways) – ENOFYLZ Wine Blog