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​[Recipe by Ms.Sassa] Japanese summer vegetable ratatouille

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Japanese summer vegetable ratatouille

Ingredients: (serves 4)

20 mini tomato (4 whole tomato)

5 suzuki farm green peppers (can be substituted with 2 regular green peppers)

10~15 shishito

1 zucchini

1 red onion

5 manganji pepper (can be substituted with 3 Italian pepper)

3~5 stalks of scallion

1~2 cloves of garlic

5 fillets of anchovy

1/2 cup of canned crushed tomato

1/3 cup of sake! 1/4 cup of mirin 

3 table spoon of soy sauce

3 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

shiso leaves for garnish (optional)

Direction:

1. Wash all vegetables and dry them well.

2. Cut mini tomato into half (if whole, cut them into 8 pieces)

3. Cut green peppers into half and take out the seeds. Then cut each halves into two.

4. Slice Zucchini into 1/2 inch thickness.

5. Peel red onion and cut into 8 wedges

6. Pierce 2~3 holes in managanzi peppers and shishito peppers using tip of sharp knife (this will prevent peppers from exploding during the cooking process)

7. Cut scallions into 1 inch long pieces.

8. Peel garlic and cut into thin slices.

9. In a pan, put sliced garlic and olive oil. Heat the pan with high flame.

10.When the oil start to sizzle around garlic, add anchovy fillets and stir them well using wood spatula or folk.

11. Add onion, zucchini, peppers, manganji peppers, shishito peppers and tomatoes. Stir them well.

12.Add scallions, canned crushed tomato, sake, mirin and soy sauce. Stir them well and cover with a lid. Bring down the heat and simmer for 15~20 minutes.

13. Remove the lid and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste the ratatouille and add salt and peppers to match your taste.

14. Can be served hot, room temperature or cold. Garnish it with julienned shiso leaf and pour extra virgin olive oil and/or shave some parmesan cheese on before serving if you like.

Tip:

This is great by its self as well as with grilled seafood, meat, pasta and bread. It’s also great chilled, so make tons and keep it in the fridge for easy summer lunch. Enjoy!!