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    Hello all,

    I've been experimenting with Ratatouille, and I have a recipes that
    is working in my oven. It bakes in a single, covered glazed terra
    cotta baking pan, and uses both dome heat and hearth heat to make a
    great vegetable dish. You only have to remove the pan a couple of
    times. It's the best eggplant dish we've had yet.

    Ingredient
    Two medium eggplants
    Two bell peppers (at least one red, the second yellow or green)
    One can of fresh peeled tomatoes, or 6 fresh tomatoes, cored and peeled
    One onion
    One large (two medium) gloves of garlic
    5-6 TBL olive oil (your dish will only be as good as the olive oil --
    read our olive oil pages for ideas)

    Makes enough as a vegetable side dish for four. Scale the recipes for
    parties (it works).

    Preparation
    Remove the eggplant core and seeds, and chop into 1/4" cubes; cover
    liberally with salt and let drain in a colander for about an hour.
    Rinse well, and press firmly to remove excess moisture. It's a pain,
    but draining eggplant helps with both flavor and texture. (I enjoy
    the flavor and texture of the skin, though that is up to individual
    taste if you want to remove the skin. On other other hand, I don't
    like core of the eggplant and the seeds, and remove it).
    Core and sliver the pepper into 2" matchsticks
    Chop the onion
    Smash and dice the garlic
    Core and peel the tomatoes (or just open the can).

    Cooking
    Fire the oven until the carbon burns off (650F+), then push the fire
    to one site and let the oven rest for a few minutes. Shovel out any
    excess coals. You want a hot oven, which is capable of browning your
    vegetables from the dome heat, but not so hot that you burn
    everything in the first few minutes.

    Place the onion, garlic and 3 TBL olive oil in the pan, and bake for
    3-5 minutes, or until the onions and garlic are translucent and
    lightly brown.

    Add the eggplant, and cover with 1 TBL olive oil and bake for 5-7
    minutes, or until they are medium brown.

    Add the peppers, cover with 1 TBL olive oil and bake for 3-5 minutes,
    or until the tips are brown.

    Add the tomatoes, and stir to mix. Cover, and push to the coolest
    edge of the oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbling and
    well-mixed. The tomatoes should almost disappear into the sauce.

    If your dish is too hot, and burning, or drying out, let it rest at
    the oven opening, where it will stay warm and let the flavors
    continue to mix.

    Variation
    Add 1-2 cored zucchini, chopped into 1/4" cubes
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