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June 18, 2012


The Tian-Your Easy Summer Vegetable Dish

Believe me when I tell you that you don’t need a recipe for this dish. The tian actually has its origins in southern France-Provence to be exact. It’s simply a layering of vegetables drizzled with a little olive oil and a scattering fresh herbs on top. Hey, southern France is close to Italy so feel free to think of this as an Italian dish if you like.

The best thing about a tian is the ease of throwing it together. If you check your fridge or cupboard on any given day you probably have the ingredients to make one. This one I could have certainly made in the midst of winter-potatoes, plum tomatoes and a little fresh thyme. Now that summer is officially here (in a few days) try making one with sliced zucchini and bell peppers. Why not use a few luscious ripe tomatoes and thinly sliced eggplant. Do you have fresh herbs growing out back? Try a few torn basil leaves, thyme or oregano. Feeling adventurous? Put all the previously mentioned veggies together and watch what happens.

Baked at 375 degrees for about 35-45 minutes, the vegetables will soften, juices evaporate and the flavors of the vegetables are enhanced. This is the perfect side dish for grilled fish or meat or even a roast chicken. Looking for a light dinner? Serve it with a tossed salad and some crusty bread. Let your imagination go wild and have fun with this dish.

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17 thoughts on “The Tian-Your Easy Summer Vegetable Dish

  1. Such a wonderful way to use seasonal vegetables… many combinations! Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Love this! It looks gorgeous!

  3. I love fresh vegetables cooked like this. Easy and delicious.

  4. Yum! I am actually planning a Tian for dinner tonight – I just didn’t know that was it’s name. Mine will have zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, onion, basil, thyme, oregano and parmesan. And as you mentioned, the herbs are all growing in boxes on my deck! If only I had a vegetable garden…

  5. A simple dish of baked vegetables like this are so good. Love the photo.

  6. What a great idea for a summer dish that is baked…thank you!

  7. I make a potatoe-tomatoe-basil tian in a flan pan and it’s delicious (as well as easy) – especially when the ingredients are fresh and perfect.

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