While FoodFacts.com is all about promoting more fresh produce consumption this National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, we thought we’d share this healthy, delicious and easy-to-prepare comfort food from Provençe, France.
Provençal tian is a French term that pertains to both the shallow earthenware as well as the dish prepared in it. Traditionally, Provençal tian is made with eggplant, zucchini and tomato.
Time: 20 minutes to prepare ingredients; 40 minutes to bake
- 2 large eggplant, cut into thick slices
- 2 zucchini, sliced
- 2 large brown onions, thinly sliced
- 4 ripe tomatoes, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Provençal herbs: rosemary and thyme sprigs
- Ground black pepper and salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Coat earthenware with olive oil, and arrange eggplant alternately with zucchini, tomatoes and onions.
- Repeat sequence to fill the dish, making sure to fit the ingredients tightly.
- Sprinkle minced garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary and thyme sprigs.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned around the edges.
Provençal tian is usually served as a side dish for grilled, baked, barbecued or roasted meat.
Note: Serve in a clear dish to show off the layers!