Capture the flavours of Provence with this make-ahead version of ratatouille, a delicious medley of zucchini, peppers and tomatoes. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.
Measuring cups and spoons
Cutting board and knife
9 x 13-inch (3 L) Baking dish
2 zucchini, cut into bite-size chunks
2 red peppers, cut into bite-size chunks
1 yellow pepper, cut into bite-size chunks
1/2 eggplant, cut into bite-size chunks
1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each of dried basil, salt and pepper
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) 18% cream
8 slices white sandwich bread, divided
1 tomato, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) grated mozzarella, divided
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) grated asiago cheese, divided
butter for greasing the baking dish
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C).
In a large bowl, toss together zucchini, red and yellow peppers, eggplant, oil, oregano, basil salt and pepper until vegetables are coated. Transfer to a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, for 25 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Meanwhile, whisk together milk, cream and eggs. Cut each slice of bread diagonally in half.
Arrange 8 bread halves on the bottom of the baking dish. Stir tomato into the roasted vegetables. Scatter half the vegetable mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle with half of the mozzaralla and half of the asiago chese.
Arrange remaining bread halves on top. Scatter with remaining vegetables. Slowly pour milk mixture over top. Press gently to submerge bread. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until casserole is hot in the middle and cheese is a deep golden color. Cover for the last 10 minutes if it is browning too quickly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Cooking tip: As there are so many varieties of eggplant available today, just pick your favourite. There is no need to peel it either!
This classic, one-pan meal is perfect for those nights when you want to treat your family to something delicious and hearty without the big cleanup. For added creaminess, add a generous dollop of sour cream!