Thursday, 2 May 2013

SPANISH RATATOUILLE "PISTO" / VEGAN (MAY MENU)



WIKI NOTE: Pisto is the name of a Spanish dish typical from the Region of Murcia and La Mancha. It is made of tomatoes, onions, courgettes, green and red peppers and olive oil. It is similar to ratatouille (add aubergines) and is usually served warm to accompany a dish or with a fried egg and bread.


SPANISH RATATOUILLE "PISTO"

NOTE:  It is a stewed vegetable dish, similar to ratatouille and is usually served warm to accompany a dish or with a fried egg and bread.
YOU WILL NEED:  *vegan recipe
2 medium size courgettes (approx. 300g)
2 green bell peppers (approx. 150g)
2 red bell peppers (approx. 150g)
2 big onions (approx. 300g)
A can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice (aprox. 500g) or natural ripe tomatoes (approx. 1 kg)
A pinch of sugar
100ml olive oil
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
NOTE: There are a million of different recipes for pisto manchego in Spain because almost each house has its own recipe. The basic ingredients are always tomatoes, peppers, onions and courgettes. Aubergines instead of courgettes is another way to cook the pisto (ratatouille) . Both recipes are delicious!

LET´S COOK!
1. Wash the vegetables well. Chop the courgettes, onions and green/red peppers into cubes.
2. Heat olive oil in a big saucepan. Sauté and stir the chopped onion for several minutes. Add the chopped peppers. Cook over a low heat.
3. Add the courgettes and stir, until the vegetables are soft
4. Add a can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice and a pinch of sugar.
5. Stir it occasionally over a low heat for a few minutes. Add salt and black pepper, to taste.
6. Remove from heat and let it cool.
NOTE: Serve it cold or warm.
  • LET'S MAKE A VOLCANO MOUNTAIN  - MASHED POTATO AND PISTO!
1. MOUNTAIN - Fill a small bowl with mashed potato *vegan. Cover it with cling film and put it in the fridge for a while. Flip it on a plate and the result will be a small mountain of mashed potato.
2. VOLCANO LAVA - Make a ring with the pisto around the bottom of the mountain.
3. Fry an egg or tofu in olive oil, put it on the top of the mountain. Make a small ring on the top of the mountain surrounding the egg or fried tofu.

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