Ratatouille Tart

Why have I never used the slicer blade on my food processor before??? I guess it was simple laziness – not wanting to dig the blade out of the cupboard, and not wanting to deal with the clean up of all the parts of the processor. In the long run, the slicer saved me a ton of time, effort, and probably a few fingers. And having neat, uniform slices makes this tart so much prettier.

The food processor also came in handy when mixing the dough. I’ve watch food shows that have done this, but once again, was too lazy to do it. I may start making homemade piecrusts once again.

Anyway, this tart was fairly easy to put together, though a bit time consuming. I got to use the tart pan that my friend Jennifer gave me for my birthday last year. The result was well worth the effort. Hubs claimed that it was one of the best things I’ve made recently. He especailly liked the healthy portion of veggies.

Ratatouille Tart
adapted from Cuisine at Home
August 2009

Dough (recipe follows)

1 yellow squash
1 large zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1/4 red onion
3/4 c shredded firm chevre (goat cheese)
2 Tbs thinly sliced fresh basil
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

For the dough: Pulse 1 1/2 c all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp each of table salt and black pepper in
a food processor. Add 6 Tbs of cold, diced unsalted butter and 3 Tbs cold diced shortening; pulse
until pieces of butter and shortening are the size of peas. Add 3 Tbs ice water; pulse to combine.
Shape dough into a flat disk. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Fit dough into a 9-inch tart pan. Press dough into edges and trim excess. Cover dough with foil and fill with dried beans. Bake until crust feels dry, about 25 minutes. Remove foil and beans and bake shell for another 5 minutes, until light brown. Let crust cool to room temperature.

Using a mandoline, or the slicer blade of a food processor, slice squash, zucchini, and bell pepper into rounds, and the onion into half-rounds. Sprinkle chevre and basil over the bottom of the tart shell. Arrange vegetables around the edge of the shell, repeatedly overlapping two slices of squash, two slices of zucchini, a slice of bell pepper, and three slices of onion (or whatever combination you wish). Arrange a smaller circle inside the first. Use squash slices to cover the center.

Drizzle tart with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until tart is golden brown around the edges, about 35 minutes.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!

  2. This is so Beautiful!!! I almost don’t want to eat it…almost

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!! Nicely done!

  4. Your tarte is PERFECT!!!!

  5. This tart is amazing! So beautiful. I certainly hope you’ve submitted this photo to Tastespotting and Foodgawker.

  6. Just beautiful!!

  7. What a beauuutiful tart!! 🙂

  8. The colors are so striking!

    I love every vegetable in it!!
    beautiful presentation.

  9. This picture stopped me dead in my tracks….oh my goodness..it’s almost too pretty to eat!
    I only hope if I make this that mine looks half this good. 🙂

  10. This is so eye-catching and tasty looking. All I can say is WOW. You gotta love that slicer!

  11. I’ve been looking for a recipe that imitates the way the dish looks at the end of the movie, Ratatouille! thought it would be fun for a movie night.

    with you on the food processor–I’m convinced mine could fly me to the moon if I just found the right button..

  12. This looks absolutely beautiful! Stunning photo!

  13. Slicing so many veggies is a pain. And that too perfectly thin in shape bu hand is such a difficult task. Your food processor enhanced the beauty of the Tart. And yes this tart is so healthy to eat.

  14. I still have yet to use my food processor or Kitchen aid to make pie crust. I know that you can do it, but I haven’t tried it yet. I use my mandolin for slicing things, they make pretty thin or thick disks that would be perfect for this! Especially since my food processor doesn’t have that blade!
    Can’t wait to try this!

  15. Oh my gawrsh, this is so beautiful. I have got to root around in my cupboards to find the slicer blade for my food processor too!!!

  16. This really looks great. And I was reminded of Ratatouille the movie as well. Do you think you could make it with tomatoes instead of bell pepper? (My hubby has this thing with peppers.) 🙂

  17. GORGEOUS! clearly i need to use my food processor to slice more often

  18. Just beautiful!! WOW very impressive!

  19. This looks like a work of art.

  20. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love my food processor but have never sliced veggies with it. I have been using for pie dough and that is the only way I do it now.

  21. This sounds delicious, and it looks positively gorgeous!

  22. I SO have to try the slicer in my food processor after seeing this.

    The vegetables looked like coins. Just gorgeous!

  23. It’s so pretty!

  24. Straordinaria questa ricetta, complimenti. Ciao Daniela.

  25. your tart looks amazing. So simple idea, but you have to discover it first. If I prepared such tart I would only throw in all ingredients but you have just gone one step further. Bravo

  26. Gorgeous Ratatouille Tarte! My 3 yr old son said it’s a rainbow! That’s any curve shapes and colorful for him. He’s right of course and one of his favourite part in Ratatouille animation is preparing of vegetables for Thomas Keller’s version of ratatouille.

    Ratatouille is also my family’s favourite dish. I first tasted it when my hubby cooked for me when we first dating 😛

  27. Beautiful!

  28. I’ve been thinking about making this too! Looks fantastic, just like in that amazing movie 🙂

  29. I can see that most of the comments contain the word beautiful (and now mine does too!) which is the first word I thought when I spotted the dish on Tastespotting. The colours are so vibrant, I am now determined to buy a mandoline!

  30. It is a beaut lookin at this photo! I never had Ratatouille dish before. It looks wonderful!

  31. What a beautiful, colorful dish! I bet it was delicious!

  32. Gorgeous presentation!

  33. Have any of you commentators actually made this dish? I haven’t either, but I was wondering: where does the cheese listed in the ingredients come in?

    I was looking all over the internet for a recipe for ratatouille that looked something like the movie and this was the first one I found. All the rest are just stew-like. So thank you so much.

  34. Wow, this is so so beautiful! (I actually almost answered “ratatouille” just now to your question about favorite tomato dishes on your heirloom tomato post…) Guess I should bust out the slicer blade on my food processor, too! : )

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