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- 1 head garlic
- olive oil, for brushing vegetables
- 3 large tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
- 1 small Eggplant, cut into 1-inch-thick rounds
- 2 large bell peppers, cored, halved and seeded
- 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup canned Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce, optional
1. Preheat gas grill to medium or prepare charcoal fire.
2. Using sharp knife, slice off upper third from garlic head. Place garlic head in sheet of aluminum foil, sprinkle with oil and loosely wrap. Place on fairly hot section of grill and let cook while grilling vegetables, about 30 minutes.
3. Brush surfaces of tomato halves with oil and place on grill, skin side down. Brush Eggplant slices with oil and place on grill. Trim white ribs from peppers; brush with oil and place on grill, along with halved zucchini. (If there’s not enough room, grill vegetables in stages.) Sprinkle all vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Grill vegetables, sans tomatoes, using tongs to turn frequently, until tender but not overly charred.
5. When bell peppers are done, transfer to medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 10 minutes.
6. Transfer remaining vegetables to large, shallow, casserole dish.
7. Scrape and discard charred skin from bell peppers.
10. Over medium-low heat, gently heat ratatouille, stirring often and adding a little tomato sauce to moisten if desired. Serve with grilled polenta slices.