ra·​ta·​tou·​ille | \ ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē How to pronounce ratatouille (audio) , ˌrä-ˌtä-, -ˈtü-ē \

Definition of ratatouille

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

Examples of ratatouille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ratatouille involves sautéing coarsely cut garlic, onions, eggplant, zucchini, tricolor bell peppers, and heirloom tomatoes before combining them with herbs in a rich, floral mélange. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 So this recipe is inspired by Spears’ video, small portions and ratatouille. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 July 2021 Cook the ultimate ratatouille with the help ofJoel Gamoran, formerly the national chef for Sur La Table, the kitchenware retailer. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2021 Customers can also find a burger, patty melt, chicken salad on a croissant, pork chops and ratatouille. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2021 An interlude definitely in need of elaboration: The moment that De Shields’s Anton tastes Remy’s ratatouille. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2021 Alternately, seek respite from the richness with the ratatouille at Brasserie du Parc, where the ruddy assemblage of stewed tomatoes, eggplant, onions and zucchini serve as a side dish to piscine mains or as filling for a crepe. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 12 Nov. 2020 This countrified take on a traditional quiche gets a good head start by using the ratatouille above as the main filling. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 June 2020 The classic Provençal dish ratatouille marries eggplant, zucchini and tomato into a chunky stew tasting of France. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 20 May 2020

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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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The first known use of ratatouille was circa 1877

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28 Sep 2021

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“Ratatouille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratatouille. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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


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