Ratatouille slow cooker recipe

My mum first introduced me to ratatouille when I was at school and on hearing the name I loved the sound of the word. She would serve it up with baked chicken pieces or as a side dish to many different main courses. It sounded exciting, something I should be eating and so I tucked in and wasn’t disappointed.

It would also be delicious as a jacket potato topping!

Continuing on with my bbq side ideas that are easy to prepare and can be made in advance I’m adding to last week’s peperonata recipe with another, this classic French stewed vegetable recipe, the famous ratatouille. Only my recipe is a ratatouille slow cooker one.

This is a perfect side for all year round, great with grilled chops, sausages, gammon and chicken too. Perfect to accompany salamis and a cheeseboard and also fabulous for popping on the buffet at bbqs. It’s best served up hot but can be eaten cold too.

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish originating from Nice. Interestingly the recipe comes form Occitan cuisine which is a Mediterranean gastronomy taking in Catalan cuisine to the east and Italian cuisine to the west. It bases its recipes on local produce and adapts them to the area.

I did serve it to my children but Alice, the less adventurous of the two ate the tomatoes and left pretty much the rest whereas Bessie wasn’t over enthused. Peppers do have a particular taste to them which can be quite prominent once the sweetness of the tomato sauce has disappeared.

ratatouille slow cooker recipe

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Ratatouille - slow cooker recipe
 
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A French stewed vegetable recipe that pretty much goes with anything. Easy to prepare and delicious to eat
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 2 red onions cut into wedges
  • 1 clove of garlic cut finely
  • 1 aubergine cut into small cubes
  • 2 courgettes cut into cubes
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 8 - 10 fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • thyme
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • basil
Instructions
  1. I cooked my ratatouille in the slow cooker. I use a Sage multi cooker which allows me to saute and then slow cook in the same cooker, saving me time and washing up.
  2. Saute the onions until softened and add the garlic.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the basil which is added at the end to retain it's flavour.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.
 

jersey potato asparagus and 3 leaf salad

“These are our salad days,” sang Spandau Ballet back in the day and now is the time of year when salads come into being and I love a good salad. I eat salad every day for lunch

Higgidy pies recently teamed up with Sarah Raven, the gardening people. They put their heads together and sent out to the blogging world a challenge ‘Make us the perfect salad to serve alongside a Higgidy pie’

Wonderful I thought, I’m in!

I was sent along a pack of lettuce seedlings to grow in my back garden, I put them in tubs and forgot to label them as I was in a hurry for the school run Big Mistake. I put them in a shady area and I waited for the risk of frost to go. I used a good compost and there was no need to water frequently as the weather turned and it rained every day.

growing salad

However, during all that rain we were visited. Frequently and I wasn’t paying attention, the slugs and snails got to two of my tubs! Ate the damn lot. so I popped them up on a metal fire pit that’s out of use at the moment hoping it would be too uncomfortable for them to climb up, it’s a bit rusty you see.

salad growing

Anyway, seeing as I wasn’t having much luck with my lettuce but wanting to take part in the challenge anyway I went out to buy some ingredients, I let my gut lead me and chose my favourite things that are very popular at the moment, asparagus, rocket, french beans and baby tomatoes, then I made my salad and it was really really good.

So now remains to choose which Higgidy pie I serve it with and having had a look at their website I’m going to choose the Chicken & Smoky Spanish Chorizo Pie because the delicate flavours of my salad will be the perfect backdrop to this punchy chicken pie.

[yumprint-recipe id=’34’]Here are a couple of other quick and easy salad ideas I shared last summer.