Vegetable Tian

I was watching Food Network, which I've been known to do quite a bit of, and saw my buddy Ina Garten make this dish.

It looked so easy and so delicious I, of course, had to try it. And boy, am I sure glad I did. It was everything I thought it would be. I can't wait to try it with fresh vegetables this summer. You could use any combination of veggys you wanted to.

All you do is.....

Oil your baking dish.

Slice your onion (and garlic) and saute in oil.

Cover the bottom of the dish with onion/garlic mixture.

Cut up your vegetables and layer them on top the onion, alternating rows.

Pretty!! Sprinkle on your thyme leaves and throw on the thyme sprigs, then drizzle with olive oil.
Cover with foil and cook until tender.

It will look like this.
Next, take off your sprigs of thyme; add your cheese and cook until brown.
The recipe called for Gruyere cheese but I had Jarlsberg so that's what I used.
It's actually a good substitue for Gruyere.

Time to eat.
This wasn't as brown as I wanted because my family was standing in the kitchen
demanding to eat, but, it was done enough to be absolutely delicious. My hubby, Gary, and I pretty much ate the whole thing except for the tiny helping my daughter had. I have to say on our behalf, I only made half the recipe, which probably was a really good thing because I would have eaten more. I'll admit it!

I had cut up more veggys than would fit in my pan so I just threw them on a baking sheet with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and cooked them with the Tian, which my son wouldn't touch, but he did scarf these potatoes. I ate the vegetables and all was well,,,,,and delish.

Yeah, baby!

Definitely will make again.


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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