It is juicy, flavorful and colorful and traditionally eaten for dinner as a side dish. It was also the name of a very cute children’s animated film. What is this classic French dish called?

It is also a favorite among those who do not eat meat yet it can be cooked on a grill.

It is from the Provencal region of France and originated in Nice — the colorful city which borders the southern coast of France and the Mediterranean Sea. While it is a side dish, it may also be served as a meal on its own (accompanied by pasta, rice or bread). Tomatoes are a key ingredient, with garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, marjoram, fennel and basil, or bay leaf and thyme, or a mix of green herbs Popular among the entire Mediterranean coast as an easy summer dish, it is usually not grilled but rather prepared as a stew by first making sure each of the vegetables is sautéed to enhance their flavors before being layered into a baking dish and baked for several minutes to complete the cooking process.


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