Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vegetable Tian

This was an easy and delicious side dish and a great way to use fresh veggies from the garden or farmers market. We cooked this in the toaster oven and cut the recipe down to 1/3rd.

You could also use just about any veggie that will hold up to long cooking. Feel free to get creative with your favorite veggies. The potato really set this side apart so don't skip that one. Also be sure to salt and add Italian seasoning each layer as you go, it will give it a lot more flavor. Enjoy!

Prep Time:30 min
Cook Time:1 hr 15 min
Serves:4 to 6 servings

Good olive oil
2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound medium round potatoes, unpeeled
3/4 pound zucchini
1 1/4 pounds medium tomatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs
2 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Brush a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish with olive oil. In a medium saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the onions over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the baking dish.

Slice the potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in 1/4-inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly, making only 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme leaves, and thyme sprigs and drizzle with 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Uncover the dish, remove the thyme sprigs, sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake for another 30 minutes until browned. Serve warm.

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