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Ratatouille Taco Towers

Source: Food & Wine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Serves 4
Guerithault makes his unusual taco towers by filling tortillas with earthy Provenial vegetables and garnishing them with a little spoonful of fragrant
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small zucchini, finely chopped
1/2 small eggplant, finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
Basil Pesto
Four 6 inch flour tortillas
Make the taco towers: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the red and yellow bell peppers and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and eggplant and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, basil and thyme, season with salt and black pepper and toss to combine. Spread the mixture in a medium baking dish and roast for about 10 minutes, or until softened and beginning to brown. Transfer to a plate to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

Lay the tortillas out on a work surface. Spread half of the ratatouille on the tortillas, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Roll up the tortillas and secure each one with a toothpick. Set them, seam sides down, on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp, lightly golden and heated through.

Slice off the ends of each roll and remove the toothpicks. Cut each roll in half diagonally and set 2 halves upright on each of 4 plates. Spoon the remaining ratatouille around the taco towers, garnish with a spoonful of pesto and serve.


The taco towers are compatible with a number of whites, but the chicken narrows the choice to one with broad flavors that can pull together the chicken, garlic and chutney. Chardonnay has the richness and depth to play such a role. California examples, like the 1994 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve or the 1993 Robert Mondavi Carneros, would fit the bill perfectly.


The ratatouille can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Let return to room temperature before proceeding.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 231
Sodium: 216mg
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 38g
Protein: 6g
% Cal. from Fat: 27%
Fat. Total: 7g
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