Ratatouille (Crock Pot)

Ratatouille (Crock Pot)

Make a whole meal out of the French Vegetarian Classic while it is warm or offer it chilled as a salad course. Serve with a crusty bread and top with feta cheese, if desired.

PREP : 20 MINS
COOK : 3 HRS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • salt
  • 2medium onions, chopped
  • 2cups chopped fresh tomatoes(about 3 medium)
  • 1large green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1large red bell peppers or 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 3medium zucchini, sliced
  • 3tablespoons olive oil
  • 3tablespoons dried basil
  • 2garlic cloves, crushed through a press
  • 12teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1(6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1(5 1/2 ounce) can pitted ripe olives, drained and chopped coarsely
  • 3tablespoons chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sprinkle the eggplant with salt; let stand in a colander 1/2- 1 hour to drain.
  2. Press out excess moisture.
  3. Rinse the eggplant with water and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Place the eggplant in crock pot.
  5. Add onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, olive oil, basil, garlic, pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Cover and cook on high setting about 3 hours or until the vegetables are tender but still hold their shape.
  8. Stir in the tomato paste, olives, and the fresh basil.
  9. Serve hot, room temperature or chilled.

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