Tomato, Squash and Eggplant Tian

Tian from the NY times cooking section. Looks worthwhile to experiment with a few different tian recipes given it is such a basic provencal dish.

This is one of the simplest Provençal gratins, a dish that takes a little bit of time to assemble, then bakes on its own for 1 1/2 hours. It tastes best the day after it’s made.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe, firm tomatoes, round or Roma, sliced thin
  • 1 red torpedo onion, sliced thin
  • ½ to ¾ pound zucchini, preferably mixed green and yellow, sliced thin
  • 1 long, thin eggplant, sliced thin (if all you can find is a bulbous eggplant, cut in half or in quarters and slice it thin)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus a few sprigs
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus a few sprigshours. It tastes best the day after it’s made.

Method

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Oil a 2-quart rectangular or oval baking dish.

Combine the vegetables in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil, chopped rosemary and thyme leaves and toss gently.

Arrange the vegetables in rows in the baking dish in this order: tomato slice, eggplant slice, tomato slice, squash slice, onion slice, tomato slice, eggplant slice, tomato slice, etc. Each slice of eggplant should have a tomato slice on either side. The vegetables should not be lying flat; they should be arranged in the dish as if you had stacked them, then lay the whole stack in the dish, all of the rounds slanting slightly to one side. Insert the herb sprigs into the dish. Pour any juice left in the bowl on top. Cover tightly with foil.

Place in the oven and bake 1 hour. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 30 minutes, until the vegetables are thoroughly tender and lightly colored on the edges.

Note some interesting comments on the NYT site: This is a great dish. It showcases late summer garden veggies. I served it alone with a baguette and it was a complete meal. It does require lots of salt and pepper. It could benefit from a diced chilli pepper or some garlic if you want more heat.

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