Pixar’s animated movie Ratatouille won our hearts when it was released in 2007 and now, thanks to star chef, Josh Angus, you can make the beautiful signature dish yourself!
Head Chef at Michelin Starred restaurant Hide Ground in the heart of London, Josh Angus has worked everywhere from Raymond Blanc’s renowned Le Manoir to Hong Kong with Shane Osborn. He was even the private chef for the American Ambassador! We’re so grateful to Josh for showing us how to make our very own Pixar-style Ratatouille!
Josh says: “This dish very visual & has the wow factor, perfect for a party, can be eaten on its own with some eggs or a perfect side dish with leg of lamb or Roast chicken.”
1 large yellow courgette
1 large green courgette
2 small marrow
2 small aubergines
1 large white onion
2 red peppers
2 large tomatoes
2 bay leaves
½ bunch basil
10g red wine vinegar
5 sprigs thyme
40g grated parmesan (more for grating on top if wanted)
30g double cream
1. Place the red peppers whole with olive oil rubbed all over them then in a hot oven at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes until they break down & colour. Then leave to rest in a bowl with cling film.
2. First slice the courgettes, marrow & aubergine on a mandolin to about 2cm thick, if you don’t have mandolin you can use a sharp knife but take your time so it is tidy for presentation. Next slice 3 tomatoes the same thickness as other veg & lay all the veg on a tray nicely stacked together. Place a damp cloth over the vegetables & store in the fridge for later.
3. Don’t discard the trim from the vegetables roughly chop to use in the sauce later, just discard the roots.
4. Finely chop the onions, celery & garlic, lightly sweat in olive oil on a medium heat in copper tri ply saute pan with lid on until soft & translucent. Make sure to keep checking them there not catching on the pan.
5. Blanch the rest of tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds then into ice water. Peel skin off & discard. Then roughly chop.
6. From the peepers earlier discard the seeds & skin, then roughly chop.
7. Add all the rest of the chopped vegetables to the onions in the pan then continue to cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Deglaze with the vinegar
8. Add salt, sugar, bay leaf, thyme & 3 basil stalks with leafs on. Cover with water then cook down simmering on a low heat.
9. Once reduced remove bay leaf & thyme, then blend until smooth adding the cream, grated parmesan, 6 basil leaves whilst hot & still blending. Taste may need more salt & add a little pepper to your taste buds.
10. Building the ratatouille, have the sauce evenly spread on the bottom of a copper tri 24cm saute pan you don’t have to use all the sauce you can leave some on the side to have later, I used around half to ¾.
11. On top of the sauce you want to take the vegetables you sliced earlier & create a pattern around evenly until the whole pan is full & no gaps, take your time & be precise if you can. (See picture) season the veg with salt & brush or drizzle with olive oil.
12. Bake in oven at 160c with a lid of greaseproof for 45 minutes or until veg is cooked though & bubbling. Remove grease proof & bake in oven for 5 minutes.
13. Once out garnish with basil.
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