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The ratatouille bites are back in stock at Trader Joe’s, and I thought it would be fun to use them in a different application instead of as a traditional appetizer as they’re intended. This ratatouille parmesan sandwich packs a ton of flavor, and this easy meal comes together in just 20 minutes.
Here’s what you need to make this Ratatouille Parmesan sandwich:
- Trader Joe’s Ratatouille Bites – a blend of tomato, eggplant, and peppers coated in panko bread crumbs. These can be found in the frozen aisle in the appetizers section. Price: $4.49 per package
- Everything Ciabatta Rolls – Everything you love about ciabatta bread, but topped with everyone’s favorite everything seasoning. These can be found in the bread aisle. Price: $2.49 for a 4 pack.
- Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce – A flavor-packed marinara sauce at an affordable price. This reminds me a bit of Rao’s Marinara, but for a fraction of the cost. This can be found with the other shelf-stable tomato products. Price $1.99 for 24 oz
- Dairy-free Mozzarella Shreds – A dairy-free alternative to mozzarella cheese shreds. It melts great and is perfect on this sandwich. This can be found in the refrigerated cheese section. Price: $3.99 for 7 oz
Here’s how to make the Ratatouille parmesan:
- Air Fry the Ratatouille bites. Prepare according to package instructions, but I found that the air fry method works best, and the top end of the cooking time.
- Smash the Rataouille bites. Carefully smash the cooked ratatouille bites into thin patties using a spatula or any other flat object. I put 7 on my sandwich, but 4 would suffice!
- Build the sandwich. Slice open the ciabatta bread, stack the Ratatouille patties on top, and add marinara and dairy-free cheese shreds.
- Bake. Put the open-faced sandwich into the oven along with the top slice of bread, and bake it for 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees until the cheese is melty and the bread is toasty.
- Enjoy. Allow the sandwich to cool slightly, add the top piece of bread on the rest of the sandwich, and dig in.