Classic ratatouille with egg and cheese

Monday again and that means a meat free or leftover day, since there is no leftovers from yesterday I made meat free. Lately I have tried to use veggies with all the colors of the rainbow when cooking and Ratatouille is perfect for that, besides it is a dish I have not made for ages.

This colorful southern french classic, is packed with a lot of healthy goodness. Eat it by itself with some nice bread as a vegetarian stew or serve it as a side dish with the meat of your choise, I believe this dish pares well with chicken, beef and white fish.

Todays version is portioned in individual dishes with an egg and a little bit of cheese.

1 red onions
3 cloves of garlic
1 aubergines
1 zucchini
1 red or yellow peppers
4 ripe tomatoes
½ a bunch of fresh basil
olive oil
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 x 400 g tin tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ a lemon

4 eggs
cheese

Start by preparing your vegetables.

Peel and cut the onions into wedges, then peel and finely chop the garlic. Trim the aubergines and courgettes, de seed the peppers and chop into 2.5  cm chunks. Roughly chop the tomatoes.

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over  medium heat. Fry each vegetable in batches and fry for around 5 minutes, or until golden and softened, but not cooked through. Set the veggies a side until needed.

Next saute onion, garlic  and thyme leaves with a drizzle of oil, if needed. Fry for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened and golden. Return the cooked vegetable to the pan and stir in the fresh and tinned tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and a good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Mix well and cver the pan and simmer over a low heat for 30 to 35 minutes, or until reduced, sticky and sweet. Tear in the basil leaves, add the grated lemon zest and adjust the seasoning, if needed.

The stew is ready to be served or you can do as I did. I divided the stew in individual portions, use a ovenproof dish or something else, make a small well in the middle and crack an egg in it, sprinkle some cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven 200 C for 5-10 minutes, depending on how you like your egg.

 

Bloody vegetarian burgers

Contrary to the title of this post, there is no meat or blood in this burger.

I was watching Diners, Drive-inns and Dives a while ago, that time it was at a vegetarian fast food place, they served a red beet root burger and the beets were cooked with spices used for pastrami. It looked really delicious, but I wanted a little bit more so I also made burgers based on a falafel recipe, with mushrooms. I also used canned chickpeas, but if you plan right it is better to use the dried ones that you soak over night.

I also used cheese on these burgers, if you use a non dairy cheese or drop it, Then these burger will be vegan:)

Makes at least 6 burgers

2-3 beets
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 teaspoon juniper berries
1 liter of water or enough water to cover the beetroot
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons salt
Boil the beets with the skin on. As soon as it boils, turn down the heat and let them simmer for about 45 minutes or until beets are tender

While you wait for the beets, you can start on the burgers.

 

1 can(400g)  chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 onion, chopped

250 g Mushrooms-chopped and sautéed

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pinch of chili powder

3 tbsp fresh chopped coriander or parsley

1 teaspoon salt

some pepper

 

 

Burger buns

Cheese

Salad

Onions and pepper marmalade

or dressing you prefer.

 

Combine all the ingredients in a food possessor and blend to a coarse mixture, then shape into six patties.

Fry them in a pan with a little oil until they get a nice golden color

Peel the beets and cut into 1-1.5 cm thick slices and place them on top of the burger and add a slices of cheese on top of the beetroot. Melt the cheese in the pan with a lid on or put them in the oven like I did.

Toast the burger buns

Assemble burgers and enjoy 🙂

Do you like your burgers bloody?