After I watched that cute Disney Pixar Ratatouille movie about the cute little chef rat, I promised myself I'd try the film's namesake dish very soon. And then I forgot all about that promise, until I ran across the recipe for Ratatouille with White Beans in The Vegan Table:
I love anything with white beans and with all the lovely produce in season, it seemed like a great time to whip up this veg-heavy entree. I'm reviewing The Vegan Table for the Memphis Flyer, the newspaper I write for, so I need to try as many dishes from it as possible before the review is due.
This dish — loaded with eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, tomato, and fresh herbs — satisfied my craving for veggies. I love the idea of a main course made with such a variety of fresh produce. And of course the white beans really stepped it up a notch.
I did have to add a crap ton of salt though. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's recipe only calls for salt to taste at the end of cooking, but next time, I'm adding it in earlier. I also halved this recipe because it was meant to feed 6 to 8 people. The Vegan Table is an entertaining cookbook, so many of the recipes make huge amounts. I'll definitely be turning to this volume for potlucks!
I served my ratatouille with a slice of fresh Whole Wheat French Bread with Vegetarian Herb Pate:
I made this loaf last weekend using Sarah Kramer's Easy French Bread recipe in La Dolce Vegan. And the pate is AMAZING! It's by Bonavita and it's imported from Germany. I found it on sale when World Market was going out of business and now I'm wishing I would have bought all they had on the shelf. I'm gonna have to find a way to order this stuff from somewhere! It has a cheezy, nooch-heavy taste that I love!