How to Make Confit Byaldi

by Chez Fred

A variation on the traditional French dish ratatouille.


  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Chinese eggplant
  • Balsamic
  • Bay leaf
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Peppers
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Get some inspiration.

    Step 2

    You can get the recipe from the nytimes website.

    Step 3

    Go to a Chinese market and buy one of these. Chinese eggplant.

    Step 4

    And the rest at your local grocery shop. Try to buy vegetables (zucchini, squash, tomato and eggplant) with the same thickness.

    Step 5

    Wash your peppers

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    Pre-heat your oven at 450F

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    Take steam and seeds out.

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    All of them.

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    Get a tray.

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    Salt and olive oil.

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    Lay the peppers

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    A little salt and olive oil on top.

    Step 14

    Crudité snack.

    Step 15

    Peppers in the oven.

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    Timer on.

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    While peppers are in the oven get an onion and some garlic

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    Chop the onion

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    Mince the garlic

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    Get your pot. Some olive oil. On low heat.

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    Onion and garlic in the pot.

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    Let them slowly cook. If needs a little push just increase the heat a bit.

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    Step 25

    You can use regular tomatoes too. Either way works.

    Step 26

    Tomatoes have to be without seeds or skin.

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    Don't throw the juice away.

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    Wash the seeds out under running water.

    Step 29

    If looked a little bit like this you are doing fine.

    Step 30

    Prepare the tomatoes

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    Step 34

    You onion are now more tender than before.

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    Add your tomato

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    And juice

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    Some parsley, thyme and bay leave.

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    Let it cook for a while.

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    Timer done!

    Step 40

    Check the peppers.

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    The skin should peel off very easily.

    Step 42

    If not. Roast them for a couple of minutes more.

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    If ok if they get some color.

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    Step 45

    Get them ready

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    Chop one way.

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    Snack time.

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    The other way.

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    Step 50

    Do that to all of them.

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    Add to your stew.

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    Take the herbs out or not and mix.

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    Let the peppers cook.

    Step 54

    Grab your veggies.

    Step 55

    A knife and a plate. You can also get a mandoline to do a more accurate job. Plus, it saves a lot of time.

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    Lay on the plate

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    Step 59

    Yellow squash and zucchini. The tomato has to be almost double the thickness of the rest of the vegetables.

    Step 60

    Finish your snack.

    Step 61

    Grab some garlic and thyme.

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    Pick the leaves.

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    Garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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    Lower your oven to 275F

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    The peppers should have this consistency. If its too wet just bring the heat up and stir until it drys out.

    Step 66

    Get the plate your going to put the food.

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    Add the pepper thing. (it's called piperade). Don't add too much.

    Step 68

    It's ok if you have some left. It's great for a spread.

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    Make it flat

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    Time to start.

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    Yellow squash.

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    And so on...

    Step 76

    You can also build on your hand and then transfer it to the plate.

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    You made it!

    Step 78

    Add some of that garlic, thyme mixture.

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    Patience is a virtue.

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    Now the waiting.

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    Cover with foil.

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    In the oven for 2-3 hours.

    Step 83

    With the remaining veggies do a soup.

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    Check it after 2 hours

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    Poke a knife to see if the vegetables are cooked.

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    Maybe need another 30 minutes.

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    Should be done after that.

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    Raise the temperature

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    Put the thing back.

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    After 30-40 minutes.

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    Take it off.

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    For the "sauce". A little bit of the pepper mixture.

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    Yellow sauce.

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    Wash, dry and stack some parsley leaves.

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    Add to the mixture.

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    Some thyme leaves.

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    Add balsamic vinegar and don't mix.

    Step 100

    Add some chopped parsley to the veggies, salt and pepper. Eat with some bread or just like that.

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    Have fun

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    Bon appétit.

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