Ultimate Ratatouille with Grilled Bread

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  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided plus more for toasting the bread
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped, plus 1 clove for the bread
  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes* 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more to garnish
  • 1 sprig tarragon, plus more to garnish
  • 1 loaf crusty bread
  • aged cheese, shredded, to top (optional)
  • coarse kosher salt, to taste

*When tomatoes are in season, substitute with 2 pounds of vine-ripened tomatoes.


    1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot, or dutch oven, over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    2. When the oil is shimmering, add in the eggplant and let cook until caramelized, about 4 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium and add the zucchini. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, until softened and caramelized.
    4. To the browned eggplant, add the onions, fennel, and garlic. Season with salt and cook for 5 minutes, until onions begin to soften and turn translucent.
    5. To the cooked zucchini, add in the bell peppers and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Then add the zucchini and bell peppers into the dutch oven with the eggplant mixture.
    6. Add the canned crushed tomatoes to a large bowl. Using your hands, gently crush the tomatoes until they create the appearance of a “chunky” tomato sauce.
    7. To the dutch oven, add in the tomatoes and gently stir with the vegetables to combine. 
    8. Cook for about a minute and when the mixture starts to bubble, stir in the honey, bay leaf, thyme and tarragon. 
    9. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 - 20 or until the vegetables are tender.
    10. While the ratatouille is cooking, place a grill pan over medium heat. 
    11. Slice the bread into 1 inch thick slices then drizzle with olive oil. Place on the grill pan and cook for 2 minutes per side. 
    12. Remove the bread to a cutting board and cut the garlic clove in half. Rub the garlic on the toasted bread slices and sprinkle with coarse salt.
    13. Serve the ratatouille garnished with chopped herbs, a sprinkle of aged cheese, and alongside plenty of garlicky grilled bread!
    *To be eligible to receive the free TiVo Stream 4K you must be a U.S. resident located in the U.S. at the time of the event, sign up to attend the event before 4pm PT on April 5 2021, and attend the event with your camera on.  Only one TiVo Stream 4K per person/household.  No automated entry or attendance permitted. Approximate retail value of the Tivo Stream 4k is $49.99. We reserve the right to waive these requirements or not to provide a free TiVo Stream 4K to anyone violating them.

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