ra·​ta·​tou·​ille | \ ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē , ˌrä-ˌtä-, -ˈtü-ē\

Definition of ratatouille

: a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat

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Globetrotters and French expats flock here for the ratatouille dumplings, Nutella balls, and Ksumi teas, taking Man Mo from neighborhood bistro to international must-do. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Pick your entree, such as sauteed salmon with ratatouille, duck confit with gratin dauphinois or beef pepper steak with sauteed potatoes and onions. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Zinc Bistro Tempting starters include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($16); and Creekstone steak tartare served with Noble anchovy toast ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 There’s a fresh take on potato skins with brown butter-caper yogurt and smoked paprika aioli, and even a ratatouille (fortunately prepared by humans, not rats) for vegetarians, as well as a lengthy list of craft cocktail (and mocktails). Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pixar Pier debuts Saturday at Disney California park," 22 June 2018 His approach to the menu will be similar to the Bethesda location, including a fresh pasta program and customer favorites such as cauliflower steak and ratatouille. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "French brasserie Duck Duck Goose to open in Fells Point next week," 12 June 2018 Try a few small and medium plates like the chef’s rotating choice of tartare ($12.95), black mussels with basil puree ($15.95) and the crispy duck confit ($17.95), or order a meal for two like the roasted rack of lamb with ratatouille ($56). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: French art then French cuisine at Bistronomic," 22 Sep. 2017 The menu will have dishes like mussels with herbs, seafood soup, ratatouille, and gnocchi. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "El Santo Taqueria brings LA-style tacos and salads to Albany Park, plus other restaurant news," 23 Apr. 2018 Other favorites include the cassoulet, the ratatouille, short ribs and the rack of lamb. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pastiche settles into new home in Brown Deer," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ratatouille

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ratatouille

borrowed from French, "dish of chopped food, stew" (18th century), noun derivative crossing ratouiller "to agitate (water), stir, shake" and tatouiller "to shake, beat, handle excessively," both expressive forms of touiller "to stir," going back to Old French tooillier "to agitate, stir up, soil" — more at toil entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of ratatouille

: a thick stew that is made of vegetables (such as eggplant, tomatoes, and squash) and sometimes meat

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