Foodie Vocab #11: Ratatouille

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: ratatouille (noun).

Please choose the most appropriate definition for ratatouille. (No cheating!)

a.)  a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat
b.) thick slices of bread grilled, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, often topped with tomatoes and herbs, and usually served as an appetizer
c.) an appetizer or spread made chiefly of eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon
d.) a seasoned spread made chiefly with mashed black olives, capers, and anchovies

I said no cheating!


This week I’m going to give you a more in depth definition before revealing the correct answer choice.

What is ratatouille?

Made up of all sorts of vegetables, ratatouille is most comparable to a vegetable stew. A versatile dish in its own right: it can be served hot, cold, or even lukewarm. Call it an appetizer, call it your main course, whatever you want to call it, it’s a classic French dish, namely from the Provencal region. Some serve it with meat and potatoes, others on a bed of rice. Ratatouille bears no burden of restrictions. And for all you leftover lovers, many contend that ratatouille actually tastes better the day after it is cooked. Chocolate and Zucchini even calls it an “ideal make-ahead dish.” So try it out!

What is it made from?

Its main ingredients are usually tomatoes, aubergines (French for eggplants), courgettes (French for zucchinis), onions, garlic, and some variety of bell peppers. Some cook it with meat, but many French chefs note that it is important to prepare all of the vegetables separately before adding them to the aggregate stew.

So if you guessed a.)  a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat then you are correct!

Back in 2007, ratatouille was all the rage when Disney released its animated film called Ratatouille featuring the chef Remy the Rat. He was critically acclaimed for his ratatouille that reminded a famous French critic of his French youth. Even an animated ratatouille looked delicious! With that said, here are some recipes:

Ratatouille Nicoise

More Favorite Ratatouille Recipes:
Summer Ratatouille
Kitchen Garden Ratatouille
CONTEST WINNER: Ratatouille de Provence
Extreme Fat Smash Ratatouille

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  • Joanne

    I love ratatouille! It combines some of summer’s best flavors and is great over pasta, polenta, rice, in a wrap, over meat or fish, etc. Thanks for exposing so many people to this!

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