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So what’s a tian? The actual tian (pronounced tee-yen’) itself is a round earthenware dish that goes from the oven to the table. A vegetable tian is a baking dish filled with overlapping vegetables and sometimes a sauce, baked in the oven (sometimes with cheese) and served as a main or side dish. It’s every bit as savory and healthy as it sounds–give it a try!
Adapted from: various internet recipes
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Olive oil, for the baking dish
- 1 large yellow onion
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled
- 1 large yellow squash
- 3 medium roma tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes to the 2 cups of marina sauce.
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of a 3-quart (covered if possible) baking dish. Spread 3/4 cup of marinara sauce over the bottom.
Slice the onion, zucchini, sweet potato yellow squash, and tomatoes (about 1/4 inch thick) into separate piles. Create stacks of alternating vegetable slices. The vegetables layer easiest when they are approximately the same diameter. If some of your vegetables are much bigger around than the others, slice those rounds in half to make them more similar in size. When you are finished creating layered stacks, lay the stacks in the baking dish horizontally. Wedge them in as tightly as needed; they will shrink and soften as they cook.
Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Spoon the remaining marinara over the top of the vegetables.
Cover the baking dish with its lid or with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid/foil and sprinkle the Parmesan over the vegetables. Return the dish to the oven and bake uncovered for an additional 15-20 minutes; until the cheese is melted and browned and the vegetables are tender. Allow the tian to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- If you prefer, you can exchange the 1/4 cup of Parmesan for 3/4 cup of shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese.
- Eggplant slices can be used instead of sweet potatoes for a ratatouille-like flavor profile. You will probably need to quarter the slices, depending on their circumference.
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