I have always wanted to make this dish! Especially after watching the movie Ratatouille! This dish is really not that hard to make, and every chop is well worth it when you get to finally eat it. If you have a mandolin slicer or an attachment on your food processor, I would use that to get nice thin, even slices of all the veggies. If you don’t no worries. I was in a rush and didn’t feel like washing extra dishes so I chopped all my veggies (not so pretty or thin) by hand.
You will need an eggplant (2 smaller eggplants will work better to make for smaller coin sized chops),2 zucchini, 2 squash, 4 big tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, tomato sauce (I like to make my own), garlic(cloves or powder, olive oil, salt and pepper, parsley, sage, basil, thyme. Yes I know the song Greensleeves (it was the second song I learned to play on my recorder, after “Hot Crossed Buns” in elementary school lol) “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…” but I am not a big rosemary person, so I like to use basil instead. Anywho, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and chop up your bell pepper and garlic clove if your using that instead of powder. Place your pepper and garlic in a pan of oil and put on low to med heat.
While that is going, get to chopping up all your veggies and tomatoes into coined shapes. You are wanting to go as thin as you can and making each cut as even as you can. No worries if you can’t get them all to look exact or if you can’t slice super thin, it will still turn out great. My slices were thick and not even, it just looks prettier when they are done thin and the same size. After your done cutting everything up, add your tomato sauce to your bell pepper and garlic on the stove. Put to a simmer/low heat and make sure to stir every so often. While that is still warming, mix in a bowl all of your seasoning with about 4Tbs of olive oil. Once you have done that, pour your tomato sauce mixture into a circular pan (cast iron makes great for this, but as mine is square I used a cake pan) and spread evenly all over the bottom of the pan. Now it is time to add all coins you chopped up. Layer the coined shaped veggies in a circular pattern, slightly overlapping each other. Be sure to mix it up, eggplant, squash, tomato, zucchini, eggplant, squash, tomato, zucchini….and so on until you have covered the whole pan in a spiral pattern.
Now take the olive oil and seasoning mix and evenly pour over the top of the veggies. Cover with tinfoil and then place in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. The aroma that will fill your house is amazing! This is now one of my fave dishes and I plan on making it often. Let me know how yours turns out!!!