This does not have rats in it. Nor did little rats come out of the woodwork to sit on my shoulder while I was chopping the vegetables.
My children were sorely disappointed.
Ratatouille is a traditional French vegetable stew. It is usually made with eggplant and squash, and whatever vegetables you have growing in your garden. This ratatouille was made from vegetables found at Safeway.
--1 yellow squash that looks like a zucchini ---no idea what it is really called
--1 can peeled whole tomatoes (drained)
--1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes (and juice)
--1/2 yellow onion
--1 yellow pepper
--1 orange pepper
--3 cloves minced garlic
--2 T olive oil
--1 t Italian seasoning
--1 t kosher salt
--1/2 t black pepper
--1/2 cup water
Chop all of your vegetables into mouth-sized chunks. I didn't peel anything.
Layer into your crockpot, cover with the spices, canned tomatoes, oil, and water.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. The ratatouille is done when the vegetables reach desired tenderness and the flavors have mingled. This will create more liquid on it's own, but it isn't overly soupy.
I liked this better than I thought I would. The vegetables have a great flavor and they were nicely cooked. This would be a great pairing with a big ol' hunk of meat.
The kids wouldn't touch it because of the rat thing.
I gave away most of it to my parents, who reported back favorably.