A vegan kabob with a French twist, these campfire grilled Ratatouille Kabobs are a great way to incorporate some vegetables into your camping diet.
From the French countryside to Pixar movie fame, Ratatouille is now coming to a campfire near you!
This summery dish of zucchini, squash, and eggplant is typically prepared in an oven but can be easily adapted to be grilled as kebabs as well. Just slice, skewer, and roast over the open fire.
The tomato sauce can be prepared in a small pan over the fire or separately on a camp stove (or made ahead of time at home and warmed at the campsite).
These grilled vegetable kebabs can either be your main dish or as a side. Either way, it’s a great way to incorporate some flavorful vegetables into your camping meal. So this summer, throw these ratatouille kebabs on the fire and enjoy!
Why it’s great for camping…
- As with any kabob recipe, there’s not a lot of cookware to dirty. So this meal is extremely easy to clean up after!
- It also works as a low-stress side. You won’t need to tie up a bunch of pots or pans, and it can be cooked over the fire you already have going.
- While chopping your vegetables into uniform slices presents a bit of prep work, it’s a simple enough task that it can be delegated to the less culinarily inclined members of your party.
- Zucchini, squash, and eggplant are all great camping vegetables that can handle minimal refrigeration. If you want some durable vegetables that will last a few days, these are perfect.
- When selecting your zucchini, squash, and eggplant, try to get similar diameters. The closer they are, the more evenly they will cook over the fire.
- Chinese eggplant can sometimes be tricky to find. You can absolutely use regular eggplant instead and just cut it to fit, but the kebabs won’t have that pleasing uniformity.
We used metal skewers for these kebabs because they are reusable and won’t burn. But if you plan on using wooden skewers, just be sure to soak them in some water beforehand. There shouldn’t be much wood exposed with this recipe anyway, but better safe than sorry.
More vegan campfire recipes
- Sweet and Savory Grilled Tempeh
- Foil Wrapped Baked Sweet Potatoes and Chili
- Grilled Sweet Potato Fajitas
- 5 Ingredient Vegan Tacos
- Artichoke & Poblano Campfire Paella
Grilled Ratatouille Kebabs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 medium zucchini, (about 1.5 lbs)
- 4 medium yellow summer squash, (about 1.5 lbs)
- 2 large Chinese eggplants, (about 1 lb)
- MAKE THE SAUCE: Over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until translucent and just beginning to take on a golden color. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, basil, and salt and stir well. Simmer over medium heat until the kebabs are done, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- MAKE THE KEBABS: Meanwhile, slice the zucchini, squash, and eggplant into slices ½ inch thick. Assemble the kebabs onto skewers, alternating each vegetable. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt to taste. Grill the kebabs directly on the grill grate over the fire, turning frequently so all sides cook evenly. Cook about 20 minutes, or until all the veggies are tender. Serve immediately topped with the tomato sauce.
EQUIPMENT NEEDEDCutting board
Nutrition (Per Serving)
We originally published a version of this recipe in July 2015 on the Cotopaxi Aventuras Journal.