Bring the family together with our Canadian twist to this Classic dish of ratatouille. Stemming off the French word touiller, which means “to toss food,” ratatouille is a basic stew of a variety of seasonal veggies that are tossed together for an instant, heartwarming meal. In our version, we use maple syrup to blend distinctive flavors from squash, garlic and tomatoes for a sweet and savory new taste. Ratatouille can be served alone or on a bed of rice or pilaf.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-1/2 cups quartered white mushrooms
- 1 cup peeled, diced winter squash (butternut, acorn, or pumpkin)
- 1 green zucchini, diced
- 1 yellow zucchini, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced (or one 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup from Canada
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Basil and oregano, fresh or dry, to taste
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat oil; add mushrooms, winter squash, zucchini, bell peppers, onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring often, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, maple syrup, salt and pepper and continue cooking until bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Serve hot or at room temperature. Just before serving, season with salt and pepper and stir in the herbs.
Serves 4 to 6