Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille with Savory Cornmeal Waffles

I love breaking convention, and breakfast for dinner is one of the best ideas anyone ever had. In fact, the latest of my Saturday Night Supper series is pretty spectacular. I give you roasted vegetable ratatouille with savory cornmeal waffles.

Not only are we having waffles for dinner, they’re not sweet waffles covered with syrup. Think chicken and waffles, but with saucy roasted summer vegetables instead. Ratatouille is a classic French stewed vegetable dish (and an adorably cute Pixar film). However, I tend to think of it as a style of cooking summer vegetables… For me, any saucy savory dish with cooked tomatoes and basil kind of falls into the ratatouille category. It’s really quite a forgiving dish.

This version is a roasted vegetable ratatouille which is super easy! I just toss all the vegetables together and roast them in the oven.

Savory Cornmeal Waffle | An easy roasted vegetable ratatouille uses the bounty of summer produce. Seasoned with fresh basil and served atop crispy, herby cornmeal waffles. | SeasonedVegetable.com

The roasted vegetable ratatouille is paired with savory, crispy, cornmeal waffles. These are adapted slightly from King Arthur Flour’s cornmeal waffle recipe with a couple swaps. I swapped a few of the herbs and added some grated parmesan cheese. My waffles came out crisp on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. Pro tip: make a double batch and freeze half the waffles. They make great weekday breakfast options if you warm them in the toaster oven. In fact, the next day, the waffles were crisper because of the toaster!

As with other Saturday Night Supper meals, I’ve got a drink to go with it! This month, I’m playing with cocktails and spritzers for a nice summer sipper. I was inspired by the basil and summer produce so I made a few of these to go with the vegetable ratatouille and waffles. It’s similar to a white linen but with no syrup and fizzy.

For each cocktail you will need:

  • 1 to 2 ounces St. George Terroir Gin (depending on how strong you like your drink)
  • 3 to 4 slices cucumber
  • 2 to 3 small basil leaves
  • 4 ounces sparkling water
  • a few ice cubes

I let the cucumber and basil sit in the gin for a bit if I’m making these ahead. Then, add sparkling water and ice to each drink. I find the sparkling water and gin help draw out the delicate flavor of the cucumber and basil. However, you could also muddle the cucumber if you prefer, but you may want to strain it. This is also a good pitcher cocktail that you can mix together and pour individually. But it still needs a good name. If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments.

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille and Waffles | An easy roasted vegetable ratatouille uses the bounty of summer produce. Seasoned with fresh basil and served atop crispy, herby cornmeal waffles. | SeasonedVegetable.com

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille and Waffles | Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille and Waffles | An easy roasted vegetable ratatouille uses the bounty of summer produce. Seasoned with fresh basil and served atop crispy, herby cornmeal waffles. | SeasonedVegetable.com | SeasonedVegetable.com

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille with Savory Cornmeal Waffles

An easy roasted vegetable ratatouille uses the bounty of summer produce. Seasoned with fresh basil and served atop crispy, herby cornmeal waffles.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille

  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 4 sweet peppers, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh basil, for garnishing

Savory Cornmeal Waffles

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup medium ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup fine ground cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced dill
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine diced tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers, zucchini, oregano, garlic, and olive oil in a large roasting pan.
  3. Roast vegetables for 45 to 60 minutes until eggplant is tender.
  4. While vegetable ratatouille is roasting, make the cornmeal waffles.

Savory Cornmeal Waffles

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: buttermilk, eggs, and cool, melted butter.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well: flour, medium ground cornmeal, fine ground cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, chives, dill, and finely grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Let batter sit 10 to 15 minutes to allow cornmeal to soften.
  4. Heat waffle iron. Pour 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of batter in the waffle iron. I like wavy edges on my waffles, so you don’t need to completely fill the waffle iron with batter. Cook until waffles are crisp and golden.
  5. Serve waffles with a generous scoop of vegetable ratatouille and a sprinkle of basil and extra parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

Cornmeal waffles adapted from King Arthur Flour

SEASONED SECRET

I use a microplane zester to get a fine grate on the parmesan cheese. Mixing it with the dry ingredients help incorporate the cheese evenly instead of having it clump together.

If you don’t have a waffle iron, use the batter to make pancakes! I recommend adding up to 1 cup of regular milk to thin the batter.

VEGAN

Check out this recipe from Minimalist Baker for a vegan blue cornmeal waffle. I recommend adding the herbs, but leave out the parmesan or swap for your desired vegan parmesan.

GLUTEN FREE

The above waffle recipe is also gluten free. You could also try this gluten free waffle from Naturally Ella.

OMNIVORE

Classic ratatouille is a meat free, vegetable forward dish. If you’re looking to add any meat, I recommend a spiced pork sausage. You can serve it on the side as a link or patty. Or add fully cooked ground sausage to the raw vegetables before putting in the oven.

CHECK THE FRIDGE

Have a few other vegetables sitting around? Feel free to throw them into the roasting pan! Root vegetables like carrots or heartier vegetables like cauliflower will can be diced and added to the roasting pan. Yellow squash or patty pan squash can be substituted for the zucchini.

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Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille and Waffles | An easy roasted vegetable ratatouille uses the bounty of summer produce. Seasoned with fresh basil and served atop crispy, herby cornmeal waffles. | SeasonedVegetable.com

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy
    February 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Used this dish to entertain and also made for great leftovers! I couldn’t find medium ground cornmeal, so I doubled up on the fine ground, and was happy with it but missed a little texture. I also added about a teaspoon or so of fennel seeds to the ratouille, because I typically add it when making it, and really enjoyed the flavor. Then as leftovers had this for breakfast and had an over easy egg over top, super delicious!

    • Reply
      elaine
      February 21, 2018 at 7:14 am

      The addition of fennel seeds sounds right up my alley too!

  • Reply
    Erin
    May 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I have had a mad desire to make these ever since the recipe was first posted, and tonight the waffle dream came true! They are just as delicious as I anticipated, and super easy. A+ for a dinner that switches it up a little.

    • Reply
      Elaine
      May 23, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Awesome! “Breakfast” for dinner for the win 🙂

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