Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomato, Zucchini, Eggplant Tian with Rosemary, Sage and Thyme

Have a lot of tomatoes? How about that giant zucchini rolling around in your crisper? Don't know what to do with that beautiful eggplant you swooned over at the farmers market? Make Tian! Tian is basically a thinly layered vegetable dish that is baked with herbs. It's French, Proven├žal, and it's delicious. You can make tian hot or cold as long as it consists of thin layers of vegetables (I'm sure fruit tian would be amazing too!) We enjoyed ours with black rice, grilled pork loin spiced with  za'atar and sauerkraut. It makes a lot too, so now I have tian waiting for me for lunch.
All of the ingredients for this dish came from our front yard kitchen garden and the Mt Washington Community Garden...├╝ber local yo. Food is so awesome.

Tomato, Zucchini, Eggplant Tian with Rosemary, Sage and Thyme
Serves 4-6

3-4 medium to large ripe garden tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 large eggplant or 2 medium sized eggplants, thinly sliced
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, two chopped (leaves only)
6 sprigs of fresh thyme, 2 stripped of its leaves
A handful a fresh sage leaves, or more!
About a 1/4 of olive oil
Real Salt and pepper
A large deep casserole dish

Preheat your oven to 375, lightly oil your casserole dish.
Add your eggplant and zucchini to a large bowl along with some salt, many generous grinds of pepper, olive oil and the chopped rosemary, thyme and sage leaves. Gently toss/mix with your hands or tongs until the eggplant and zucchini are well coated, salt and pepper more to taste.
Begin with a slice of tomato, then eggplant, then zucchini in the casserole dish. I found that making a stack in that order then placing it in the dish to be the easiest technique, slightly at an angle to the side of the dish, like you are spreading a thick deck of cards. Repeat and follow along the entire dish edge. Fill the middle with any remains and line the outside with your remaining thyme and rosemary sprigs. Pour over any juices left in your bowl and place it in the oven, uncovered for one hour and 30 minutes. Check periodically for even baking. Depending on your oven this may take shorter or longer. Enjoy with anything else your heart desires; I imagine this would be amazing with some hearty bread, a fried egg or just as is.