Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

1.25.2010

Ratatouille Mille Feuille

Ratatouille I

One of my all time favorite movies, I must say, is Ratatouille. Well, the fact that the plot is built around food and the theme of "Anybody can Cook!" is in itself appealing to the foodie me. But above and beyond that, it even managed to portray furry Emile and his kind as lovable fur balls and something to be coddled rather than the scary creatures that they really are! :)

In fact, I had not heard of the French country classic until this movie and as soon I saw it (with much laughter and warm fuzzy feeling), we went hunting for French bistros that served the dish. Well, in NYC, you are apt to bump into every style of French cuisine; from rustic to haute couture!

So, we ended up in this little cafe that we now simply, simply love - Cafe Henry in the Village. They serve the rustic version (like the one Ego had in this childhood) wrapped in crepes with or without meat. It's delicious and satisfying! However, I am yet to find a place that serves the fancy version that Emile executed.

Ratatouille single portion

So, I decided to make it myself and in the process, debut my new Le Creuset baking pan. I have the one in red one; love it! It's just fab! I just made a simple version, based on what I saw in the movie. But, try as I might, I could not plate it as beautifully as he did.. LOL.. But hey, it looked gorgeous in the pan! :))


Ratatouille Mille Feuille
(serves 3 for appetizer-ish portions)

1 zucchini
1 Italian eggplant (the long, thinner variety)
1 tomato
1 medium sized russet potato
1 cup home made tomato/marinara sauce (you can use the
recipe here skipping the bacon)
2 T olive oil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Evenly spread the tomato sauce as a base at the bottom of a 8 inch oval baking pan. Using a mandolin (careful!) thinly slice all the vegetables. In my experience, it is easier to cut the soft fleshed veggies, like egg plant and tomato, with a knife rather than a mandolin.

Arrange the veggies, in an overlapping fashion, alternating all the vegetables, around the circumference of the pan. Fill the entire dish with the overlapped pieces.

Brush the top with the olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, until the zucchini is translucent. Let rest for five minutes, unwrap and serve with sauce.

17 comments:

  1. What a stunning presentation. Haven't watched the movie but have a feeling yours is even better!

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  2. That looks very wholesome, did it take a long time to slice all the veggies?

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  3. Loved the movie too. Think your presentation's pretty good too.

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  4. That is, by far, one of the prettiest presentations of this dish that I have found on the internet! I would love to try to make this dish, but I have an extreme dislike of eggplant and need to find a suitable (but still rustic-French) replacement. Beautiful, as usual!

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  5. It's my favorite movie too. And you made your dish look as gorgeous as it was in the movie :)

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  6. oh this is definitely more beautiful than what i saw in the movie! give yourself that credit :) such a gorgeous dish with so much effort put in. Thanks for sharing it! U've just made me think about that film again and how good it made me feel after watching it x

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  7. Sarah - Not at all.. the mandolin is an awesome tool.. cuts cleanly and fast! :)

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  8. Aww .. thanks all of you for saying how good it looks!! :))))

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  9. I agree that it looks beautiful Asha! I love that movie too! I love it so much I bought the dvd myself so I could watch it more often...lol... But as for the ratatouille; I don't think I have made a proper version myself!

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  10. It looks gorgeous in the great pan and beautiful in your pretty dish! And it sounds delicious!

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  11. What lovely photos! And yes, Ratatouille is one of my favourites as well... I feel like a kid everytime I watch it but I also feel like I'm being given a backstage tour of French kitchens (I know its a cartoon movie but whaddahell..). :)

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  12. I have never been fond of eggplant but I haven't given up on it yet!

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  13. Beautiful picture!..looks so tempting really!

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  14. Trisha - i know what you mean! ;-)

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  15. Your ratatouille sounds delicious! thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Your presentation was marvelous! I haven't seen the movie but if it was better than yours it was a masterpiece. I too do not like a mandolin for veggies such as tomatoes, it leaves to much chance for accident or damaging the vegetable at best.

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