Ratatouille--a cooked eggplant and tomato dish combined with other seasonal vegetables and olive oil--has many regional variations. This one is made with cinnamon, a signature spice in Moroccan cooking. Try it as an appetizer with bread or as a sandwich filling.

Kitty Morse
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Place eggplant on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant, squash and bell pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan. Add tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon, sugar, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 3 to 5 minutes. Add to the bowl with the eggplant mixture and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature before serving, for the best flavor.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Tip: To peel tomatoes: Make a small X in the bottom of each tomato and plunge into boiling water until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife, starting at the X.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; 6.2 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 224 mg sodium. 339 mg potassium; 7.7 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 1.4 g protein; 914 IU vitamin a iu; 31 mg vitamin c; 32 mcg folate; 19 mg calcium; 20 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;

Reviews (7)

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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2015
First Time Trying This Recipe We found this site during a search and the recipe sounded appealing. The recipe is well-written & easy to follow and having just a few produce items in the fridge / accessible you can get this meal prepared very quickly. We read some of the reviews - noted it may be a little bland as well as the caution to not try to spice it up. What to do? We'll we stuck to the recipe...and yes it was a little bland but it provided a nice aromatic dish. We served it over pearled couscous (vs serving w/ flat-bread) along with a nice salad. It was pleasantly filling and I felt full afterward: we will have enough for a nice lunch (I like leftovers think whatever you want). We'd definitely return to this meal although I think it could use a bit more flavoring. I might not drain the tomatoes (as it suggested) &/or simmer it a bit more to allow the flavors to really meld. A shallot might be nice addition with just a hint of clove. Good luck & enjoy! Pros: Easy Healthy Quick Cons: A little bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2012
Great! I didn't have all the ingredients for this recipe (red peppers and cinnamon). It still came out tasty. I had them in hot dog buns and they were pretty good and filling. I could even eat it by itself. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Fantastic! We are getting our veggies from a local CSA and we had all the ingredients in our box this week. What a yummy recipe -- best of all the whole family rated it a 5 out of 5! Seriously that never happens in our house. Thanks. Don Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I thought this recipe ended up tasting pretty bland... I even went back to see if I left out an ingredient! I'm not a very experienced cook so might have been my technique! Still glad to have such a veggie rich recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I took the first comment to heart and tried to spice it up a bit. That was a bad idea. Next time I make this I'm sticking to the recipe. The veggies were delicious! I'm so glad to find a way to use eggplant that I enjoy. I left the skins on though since that's where a lot of nutrients are. The texture was good. I made this and sliced a baguette for dinner. Filling and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I doubled it due to lots of Eggplant left the skins on and added onion. I thought it was really good and different. Did not love the doubled amt of Cinnamon though. We ate it over oven baked red potatoes - yummy! Read More