Oven-baked Ratatouille: More Please – Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena

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Images and recipes from More Please! By Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena (Murdoch Books) $39.99

Oven-baked Ratatouille

serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side

If you’re not a big fan of vegetables, I have a feeling this recipe from the south
of France will change your mind. Ripe vegetables are baked together with garlic and fresh herbs, and the result smells like summer.” (p.150)

 

Oven Baked Ratatouille

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) olive oil

4 brown onions, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons thyme leaves

3 large zucchini (courgettes)

3 Japanese eggplants (aubergines)

6 truss tomatoes

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped rosemary

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

 

Place a frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden, reducing the heat a little if the onion begins to catch. Add the garlic and 1 tablespoon of thyme and cook for 2 minutes. Spread the onion mixture over the base of a large roasting tin.

 

Wash the veggies and cut them widthways into 1 cm (½ inch) thick slices. Tightly arrange the vegetables in rows over the onion base, starting with the zucchini, followed by the eggplant then the tomato. Gently push the slices out so they sit in a diagonal pattern, exposing some of the flesh. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle over the rosemary and remaining thyme. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

 

Frittata of Potato, Chorizo, Caramelised Onion & Black Olives – Happy Go Paleo – Irena Macri

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Extract from Happy Go Paleo by Irena Macri, photography by Brooke Holm, published by Viking on 23 September 2015, RRP $34.99

Frittata of Potato, Chorizo, Caramelized Onion & Black Olives

Frittata

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes

 

500 grams brushed white potatoes, peeled and halved

1 teaspoon coconut oil

200 grams mild chorizo,

sliced 1 large brown onion, quartered and sliced

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

12 black, semi-dried olives or Spanish olives, pitted and chopped

6 eggs

sea salt

ground black pepper, chopped parsley, to serve

 

Place the potatoes in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Strain, rinse under cold water and thinly slice.

While the potatoes are cooking, heat the coconut oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 2–3 minutes on each side, until browned. Remove to a plate and reserve the chorizo fat and juices in the pan. Once the chorizo has cooled down, dice it roughly.

Add the onion and olive oil to the frying pan and cook over low–medium heat for 5–7 minutes, stirring a few times, until soft and golden. Add the garlic, sliced potato, chopped olives and chorizo, and stir through.

In a bowl, whisk and season the eggs with a generous pinch of sea salt and some black pepper. Pour over the potatoes and rotate the pan to spread the egg mixture evenly. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 3–4 minutes until cooked through the bottom half. Pop the pan under a hot grill for a further 3 minutes, until golden brown on top. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top to serve.

 

NUTRITION NOTES:

This dish is well balanced in most nutrients

but it’s particularly high in vitamin C, selenium and potassium.

Per serve: 570 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates, 41 grams fat, 4 grams fibre, 23 grams protein.

 

Tip: For a vegetarian version, simply omit the chorizo. Regular sausage or even some salami can be used instead of chorizo. Sweet potato can be used instead of white potato if avoiding nightshades.