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

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The menu includes ratatouille with poached eggs and speck, deviled eggs with pork belly rillettes, and avocado toast with six-minute egg. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "Tacos 1986 opens in DTLA; Goat Mafia drops in on Echo Park," 24 June 2019 The second course options are prime beef short ribs with eggplant caviar and ratatouille, the fish of the day with cauliflower hummus or a vegetable medley with cauliflower hummus. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Ring in the Jewish New Year with these Rosh Hashana specials," 18 Sep. 2017 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

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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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