Suendero Pairings Oven-Roasted Ratatouille with Shaved Pecorino
- 1 Medium Italian globe eggplant, about 3/4 lb., stemmed, cut into 1
- 1 Large zucchini squash, about 1/2 lb., halved lengthwise, cut into half moons
- 1 Medium red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- ½ lb Cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and quartered
- 1 Medium yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into 1
- 8 tbsp Olive oil, divided
- 3 Cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 cup Favorite bottled pasta sauce
- 3 tbsp Capers
- 2 tbsp Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 3 oz Pecorino cheese, for shaving
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine the chopped eggplant, squash, red onion, mushrooms and bell pepper. Toss with 6 Tbsp olive oil and kosher salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the vegetables and any oil onto a cookie sheet and roast in the oven 30 to 40 minutes until the eggplant is tender and golden brown. Remove the vegetables from the oven.
In a skillet large enough to hold all the vegetables, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté the garlic just until fragrant. Do not let the garlic brown.
Using a spatula, scrape the eggplant mixture into the skillet with the garlic and stir gently. Add the pasta sauce, capers and olives and bring to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for five minutes to blend the flavors. Taste for seasoning, remembering that the capers and olives are salty. Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Let the ratatouille cool and serve at warm room temperature. Shave the pecorino over the ratatouille just before serving. Reheat any leftover ratatouille, or serve chilled. This recipe is delicious as a side dish with roasted chicken or pork, or as a vegetarian main course.
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Suen•de•ro [swen-dé-ro] n. derived from “Sueño Sendero” or the “Dream Path”
The name Suendero celebrates the wine’s origins amid the magical terrain of Adelaida Springs Ranch in the rugged coastal mountains west of Paso Robles. Here, at an elevation of 1,700 feet and just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the ranch’s small vineyard is planted in calcareous soils, resulting from uplifted ancient sea beds. These hillside soils, combined with reliable marine breezes, enable us to craft a nuanced Meritage of depth and balance that mirrors the evenness and elegance of a modern-style blend.