Ingredients

How to make it

  • Make the piperade, preheat oven to 450 F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place pepper halves on the baking sheet, cut side down. Roast until the skins loosen, about 15 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle. Reduce the oven temperature to 275 F.
  • Peel the peppers and discard the skins. Finely chop the peppers, then set aside.
  • In medium skillet over low heat, combine oil, garlic, and onion and sauté until very soft but not browned, about eight minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, their juices, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until very soft and little liquid remains, about 10 minutes. Do not brown. (Note: I like to place the herbs in a metal tea infuser -- that way, when it's time to discard the herbs, I simply lift out the infuser and save myself the trouble of fishing around for a soggy bay leaf.)
  • Add the peppers and simmer to soften them. Discard the herbs, then season to taste with salt. Reserve a tablespoon of the mixture, then spread the remainder over the bottom of an 8-inch oven-proof skillet.
  • To prepare the vegetables, arrange the sliced zucchini, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes over the piperade in the skillet.
  • Begin by arranging eight alternating slices of vegetables down the center, overlapping them so that ¼ inch of each slice is exposed. This will be the center of the spiral. Around the center strip, overlap the vegetables in a close spiral that lets slices mound slightly toward center. All vegetables may not be needed. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the garlic, oil and thyme, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle this over vegetables.
  • Cover the skillet with foil and crimp edges to seal well. Bake until the vegetables are tender when tested with a paring knife, about two hours. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes. (Lightly cover with foil if it starts to brown.)
  • If there is excess liquid in pan, place it over medium heat on stove until reduced. (At this point it may be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to two days. Serve cold or reheat in 350 F oven until warm.)
  • To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together the reserved piperade, oil, vinegar, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • To serve, heat the broiler and place skillet under it until lightly browned. Slice in quarters and lift very carefully onto plate with an offset spatula. Turn spatula 90 degrees as you set the food down, gently fanning the food into fan shape. Drizzle the vinaigrette around plate.
  • NOTE: Can also make individual servings in small skillets.
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    " It was excellent "
    neoncrucifixion ate it and said...
    This was a HUGE hit with my family and me!!
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    " It was excellent "
    neoncrucifixion ate it and said...
    Loved it!! My sister and I made it together for our weekend cooking project and it was excellent!!
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  • pacifica815 4 years ago
    This was a big hit with my family. I have been making it ever since the recipe became available. This recipe is truly a keeper!
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    " It was excellent "
    jkern26 ate it and said...
    My brother made this for me and I have since made it and it was fabulous!! I love it!
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  • riuson 4 years ago
    luks difficult...but is gives me the feeling that it tastes gud :))
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    I love ratatouille, marvelous post. Cute name.
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    " It was excellent "
    vikirose13 ate it and said...
    Awesome! It was not your beginner ratatouille, but worth the effort. In fact, next time it will be much easier. Best flavors- c'est terrible!
    Viktoria
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  • juliecake 6 years ago
    I'm going to make this for my granddaughter, she adored the movie and has asked me to make it for her. She loves her veggies so I think she'll love this. Esp since it's "Remys" version!
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    " It was excellent "
    crainny ate it and said...
    All right, I overcame my fear of French cuisine and cooked it today! I had a blast making it, and it turned out to be very pretty and delicious. I took some photos, too!
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    " It was excellent "
    crainny ate it and said...
    This is what I've been looking for! Thanks for posting it. Why do all the good french things take so long to prepare, eh?...
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  • mrtnzangel8 6 years ago
    Watched the movie last night with my kids..I love the part where the critic takes a bite and is transformed to his childhood..made me cry. When the summertime rolls back around I am gonna try this!
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  • pipit13 6 years ago
    This sounds great. I have saved this recipe, and surely want to make it very soon. Love it
    over pasta. Had it last summer, and it was soooo
    good. Although involved, it looks challenging.
    I love a good challenge. Hope my turns out as great as yours.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    nice!
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