Friday, July 29, 2011

Vegetable Tian

This is the time of year when gardens explode with fresh zucchini. Whether you grown your own or purchase them, gather yourself some zucchini and make this dish.

Vegetable Tian
recipe slightly adapted from Ina Garten

Extra virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled
1 pound zucchini
1 pound tomatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish with olive oil.

In a medium sauté 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 ¼ 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.

Picture taken before baking and adding thyme and cheese.