For those of you with kids, you may hear Ratatouille and think of the cartoon movie where a bunch of rats run around cooking. But not for this sheet pan ratatouille with creamy polenta. It's like a bountiful garden and the results from a challenge set by The Recipe Redux team. This challenge also inspired another recipe, Sheet Pan "Fish" & Chips.
This recipe used to be much more difficult, cooking each vegetable separately on the stove. You can now make this ratatouille all on just one sheet pan which makes for easier cleanup. You should peel the eggplant because the skins tend to separate and get tough to eat, but don't need to salt it to release its moisture, unless you want to take this extra step. You don't need to peel the tomatoes, though. Just chop all of the vegetables into about 1" pieces and throw them onto some parchment paper or lightly spray your pan with oil.
Leave off the tomatoes until about 20 minutes into the roasting time. Then add them to the pan and continue to roast another 20 minutes until the vegetables are wilted, steaming and soft. You don't want them to get crispy. This sheet pay ratatouille should be moist so if they're getting too crisp, bring them together a little more on the pan.
One of the ingredients is mushrooms and it states and you can use your favorite. Mushrooms are so hearty and each type has its own unique quality it brings to a dish. You may use button or cremini but here’s a list of some delicious mushroom options.
It's recommended that you use only fresh herbs for it makes the dish. You will want to chop the fresh herbs to make them more edible and to bring out the natural flavors. Chopping herbs is not the same as chopping vegetables. Herbs are tricky and require good knife skills or an herb chopper. This recipe calls for marjoram and many people like to sub oregano if they can’t find marjoram. In this recipe, oregano would work because it pairs well with tomatoes but since we want to use fresh herbs, marjoram is the better choice.
I like to serve it atop creamy polenta. Creamy polenta needs more liquid and the addition of unsweetened non-dairy milk helps. Add a little nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper and it's ready to go. With all of the flavor of the ratatouille, you don't need a complex polenta.
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