Vegetable Tian

Hello readers!  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  I can't believe it is only six days away!  Are you looking for a new variation when it comes to serving vegetables?  Well, this might be the perfect answer...vegetable tian.  

Now, you may be wondering what a tian is.  With a quick Wikipedia search, I learned that a tian, derived in Provence, France, means an earthenware cooking vessel, similar to a shallow casserole dish.  Not only does the term refer to the baking dish, but also the food itself.  Typically in Provence vegetables are the only ingredients, but on occasion you'll find goat cheese, fish, lamb, or even eggs.  A tian with cheese is described as a gratin, which I'm sure most of us are familiar with the cheesy potato au gratin.  

A vegetable tian can be a healthier option at the Thanksgiving table compared to the butter ladened mashed potatoes or brown sugar almost candy coated sweet potatoes.  I know it's sometimes hard for the family to break from the traditional foods, but it's worth a shot.     

I guess technically since I baked my tian in a glass dish verses ceramic it's not a true tian, but the depth of the dish was perfect, only 3 inches deep.  This was pretty simple to make, the hardest part was slicing the veggies {which wasn't hard}.  You can use any type of vegetables you want like zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, eggplant.  I baked it for 45 minutes covered with foil, and the last 15-20 minutes uncovered to get the tops browned and a little crisp.  Just prior to serving I grated a little parmesan cheese over it.  I hope you give it a try.  Here's to healthy food and gladness!

Vegetable Tian prebake

Vegetable Tian prebake

CLICK HERE for a printer friendly recipe.  Makes one 9 inch x 13 inch dish 

Ingredients for Vegetable Tian

  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small russet baking potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium/large beets, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and pepper

Directions for Vegetable Tian

  1. Preheat oven = 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil.  Saute onions and garlic until soft and just begin to turn golden. 
  3. Coat the bottom of the 9" x 13" baking dish with 1 Tbsp of olive oil.  Place the cooked onions and garlic in the bottom of the dish.
  4. Arrange the thinly sliced vegetables on top of the onions, slightly overlapping each slice of vegetable.  
  5. Season with 1-2 pinches of salt and pepper.  Add the rosemary and thyme.  Drizzle with the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil.  Bake 40 minutes covered with foil.  Remove foil, bake an additional 15 minutes.  Vegetables should be fork tender and browned.