Jennifer Causey
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: 2 pieces)

In this lighter version of bruschetta, crisp zucchini stands in for bread. The ratatouille is delicious left over (even cold), so go ahead and make a double batch to enjoy on pizza or pasta.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a medium stockpot over medium-high. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggplant; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, 1/2 cup tomatoes, and minced garlic to onion mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 2

Process remaining 1/2 cup tomatoes in a blender until smooth. Add pureed tomatoes, stock, vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper to onion mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until mixture is the consistency of marmalade, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon basil.

Step 3

Rub zucchini slices with cut sides of garlic clove; discard garlic. Top each zucchini slice with 1 1/2 tablespoons ratatouille. Top evenly with goat cheese, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve at room temperature.

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