No, it’s not just a meal for hungry rodents in Pixar films. Ratatouille, the classic French Provençal dish, comes from the Occitan word for “stew,” but it’s a little different from the hearty meat stews you might know.
Ratatouille is a simple vegetable stew made from eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions, fried in separate batches and then mixed together and stirred over low heat until they develop a silky texture. It’s the perfect peasant dish–hearty enough for winter, but celebrating the fresh produce available in summer and fall. And all brought to you by YouTube’s friendly neighborhood foodie inventor, Chef Alex Gabriel, a.k.a French Guy Cooking.
If you’re interested in learning some more recipes for classic cuisine from the South of France, check out these 9 classic Provençal dishes to get your mouth watering.