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confit byaldi (ratatouille)

my version --- with eggplant, zucchini, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, parsley, salt, papers, herd-de-Provence, etc...


Confit byaldi is a variation on the traditional French dish ratatouille by French chef Michel Guérard. The name is a play on the Turkish dish "İmam bayıldı", which is a stuffed eggplant. The original ratatouille recipe had the vegetables fried before baking. Since at least 1976, some French chefs have prepared the ratatouille vegetables in thin slices instead of the traditional rough-cut. Michel Guérard, in his book founding cuisine minceur (1976), recreated lighter versions of the traditional dishes of nouvelle cuisine. His recipe, Confit bayaldi, differed from ratatouille by not frying the vegetables, removing peppers and adding mushrooms.
American celebrity chef Thomas Keller first wrote about a dish he called "byaldi" in his 1999 cookbook, The French Laundry Cookbook. Keller's variation of Guérard's added two sauces: a tomato and peppers sauce at the bottom (pipérade), and a vinaigrette at the top. He served as food consultant to the Pixarfilm Ratatouille, allowing its producer, Brad Lewis, to intern for two days in the kitchen of his restaurant, The French Laundry. Lewis asked Keller how he would cook ratatouille if the most famous food critic in the world were to visit his restaurant. Keller decided he would make the ratatouille in confit byaldi form, and fan the vegetable rounds accordion-style with a palette knife. -- Wikipedia

"If you loved Ratatouille Movie, you will love making this dish at home! If you have not seen the movie, I highly recommend watching it! I promise Ratatouille will make you fall-in-love with joy of cooking!” -- ChefdeHome

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