Mediterranean Ratatouille Crostini Tapas

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Come Into My Kitchen And Let’s Cook!

The veggies from your summer garden, simmered in Herbs de Provence and wine and served on an olive oil toasted slice of bread, topped with goat cheese. 

Classic Mediterranean Tapas

Mediterranean Tapas

While Ratatouille may be a useful way to cook down your over-grown summer’s vegetable garden, not everyone finds a pot of over cooked vegetables very appealing. 

Garden Fresh Veggies and Olives for the Best Mediterranean Tapas

So, why not try a new twist on an old dish? Tapas, or Appetizer Crostini with a dollop of Ratatouille, gently kissed with a smidge of goat cheese. Yum!  These can be served:

  •  Cocktail time
  •  Luncheons
  • Tapas, along with a variety of other dishes (Tapas is also known as Mezze)
  • Butler served appetizers at your next gathering or function

What Is Ratatouille?

No, it isn’t a rat, all though I must admit the Ratatouille film is one of my favorites. Don’t tell anyone, but I use my grandchildren as an excuse to see it again and again. 

Ratatouille is a rustic, French countryside dish. When you grow lots of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant during the summer months, you often end up with more than you can eat. 

Ratatouille is the resolve for such an overgrown garden. The veggies are simmered, like a stew with many of the Herbs de Provence; thyme, basil, marjoram, oregano and of course a little wine. 

It condenses a large mass of veggies and serves beautifully with crusty bread, over pasta or freeze small batches for the winter months and enjoy your summer garden all over again. 

Baste With Olive Oil and Toast

Ratatouille In 3-Steps

  • Crostini – Baguettes can be store bought, but so much nicer if you make them. Easy recipe in our recipe collection, Bread  Slice, brush with olive oil, toast in the oven and they are ready for ratatouille on top.
  • Ratatouille – Simmer the finely chopped ingredients in the flavors of Herbs de Provence, lots of olive oil and a little white wine. 
  • A dollop of the ratatouille on top of the prepared crostini, a dollop of goat cheese and a fresh herb garnish.
Ratatouille On Crostini

What Is Crostini?

Crostini is simply a long narrow crusty loaf of bread, sliced, and lightly toasted. Homemade Baguette is best. 

Homemade Baguette

Cut ¼ inch slices. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and brush (lightly) with olive oil.

 Lightly toast the slices in a 400 degree oven just until you see a little golden color form in the center of each slice. This can be done in advance and stored in an airtight container.

Slice and Toast

Ingredients Needed

  • Eggplant
  • Fennel bulb
  • Shallot
  • Cooked artichoke
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs for garnish
Classic Ratatouille Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Large saute pan
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Cooking spoon
  • Small slotted spoon
  • Garlic press
  • Citrus press
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Basting brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Small zip baggie or pastry bag with a tip
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven
Beautiful Artichokes Cooked and Marinated for Classic Ratatouille

Mediterranean Ratatouille Crostini Tapas

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: Appetizers u0026amp; TapasCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

2

dozen

The veggies from your summer garden, simmered in Herbs de Provence and wine and served on an olive oil toasted slice of bread, topped with goat cheese. 

Ingredients

  • RATATOUILLE

  • Eggplant – 1 medium size, cut into ½ inch cubes. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt (to de-bitter and soften) and set for 15 minutes. After set time, rinse well, squeeze out water, and set aside for when it is ready to be cooked. (can do ahead a few hours before)

  • Fennel bulb – chopped into ¼ inch size pieces, fronds saved for garnish

  • Shallot – 2 segments, chopped into ¼ inch pieces

  • Cooked Artichoke – 1 cup, chopped ½ inch pieces, frozen or jar

  • Carrot – 2 thin carrots, cut into ¼ inch pieces

  •  Garlic – 3 cloves, crushed

  • Tomatoes – 2 large, cut into ¼ inch pieces

  • Olives – ¼ cup, cut into ¼ inch pieces

  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

  • Lemon zest – 2 tsp

  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

  • Thyme – 1/2 tsp, finely chopped

  • Salt/pepper – to taste

  • Fresh herbs – for garnish, thyme, oregano or fennel fronds

  • GARNISH

  • Thyme – several fresh branches for garnish

  • Chevre – 6 oz. softened goat cheese

  •  Milk – 1 tbsp

  • CROSTINI

  • Baguettes or Homemade Bread – 2 long loaves

  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Directions

  • In a large sauté pan, add oil and chopped shallots. As soon as shallots begin to look transparent add eggplant, fennel, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Cook on medium/low heat, covered until they begin to soften.
  • Uncover and add garlic, carrots, and lemon juice. Simmer a minute or two until carrots begin to soften but still remain firm.
  • Turn off stove, add tomatoes, artichokes, olives, lemon zest, and toss all ingredients to incorporate. Taste once again for salt and pepper. Let cool completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 400
  • Slice the bread 1/4 inch slices. Arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and toast in the oven just until lightly golden. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Remove and leave on the baking sheet.
  • For the garnish, mix the goat cheese and milk until creamy.
  • Place mixture in a zip baggie (or pastry bag fitted with a tip). Zip it tight. Cut a diagonal at one of the bottom points, a very small hole. About ¼ inch. This can sit out room temperature while you assemble the Ratatouille Crostini.
  • To assemble, with a small slotted spoon (so as not to soggy the bread with liquid), place a little dollop of vegetable mixture on top of each crostini.
  • Take the prepared cheese baggie and give a small squeeze of softened cheese to kiss the top of each crostini. Finally, place one-two tiny thyme leaves right in the center of the cheese.
Mediterranean Ratatouille Crostini Tapas
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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