Vegetable tian


Vegetable tian
A tian is a slow-cooked Mediterranean dish. It consists mainly of sliced vegetables packed in vertical rows and baked in the oven.

This version, inspired by Isabelle's, is boosted with a little grilled ham and cheese.
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Last modified on: September 23th 2020

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For 8 people, you will need:
  • 1 courgette 4 courgettes
  • 2 egg-plant or aubergine 2 egg-plants or aubergine
  • 3 tomato 4 tomatoes
  • 4 cheese 100 g cheese
  • 5 smoked ham 4 slices smoked ham
  • 6 onion 2 onions
  • 7 olive oil 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) 50 g Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 9 breadcrumbs 30 g breadcrumbs
  • 10 salt salt
  • 11 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 2,445 grams

Change to the quantities for: 4 people 8 people 16 people 24 people
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1 hour 1 min.1 hour 13 min.2 hours 14 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
Vegetable tian
Prepare 4 courgettes and slice.

Set aside.

Note: For the "vegetable" element of this recipe, there is a lot of slicing to do, so a mandolin is the ideal tool.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Vegetable tian
Rinse 2 egg-plants or aubergines and cut in half lengthways, then slice.

It is good to use a mix of different types of aubergine, if you can get them (classic dark and smaller violet ones shown in the photo).

Stage 3 - 7 min.
Vegetable tian
Rinse and remove the hard stalk end from 4 tomatoes, then slice.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Vegetable tian
Thinly slice 100 g cheese (I am using Morbier here).

Set aside.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Vegetable tian
Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Arrange 4 slices smoked ham on a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Vegetable tian
Grill in the oven for 4 or 5 minutes.

Leave the oven on.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
Vegetable tian
Cut into strips.

set aside.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Vegetable tian
Prepare 2 onions and slice thinly.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Vegetable tian
Pour 3 tablespoons olive oil into a saucepan on medium heat and when really hot, add the sliced onions.

Stage 10 - 7 min.
Vegetable tian
Turn the heat down and cook gently until just starting to colour (5-7 minutes).

Stage 11 - 1 min.
Vegetable tian

Assemble the tian



Butter a large gratin dish.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Vegetable tian
Spread the onions out in the bottom.

Stage 13 - 15 min.
Vegetable tian
Pack the vegetables in vertical rows, alternating the different vegetables and cheese.

Pack them tightly and drizzle generously with olive oil, then salt and pepper.

Stage 14 - 2 min.
Vegetable tian
Poke the strips of ham into the tian.

Stage 15
Vegetable tian
You will be very lucky if the quantity of vegetables exactly fits your dish, or you must have a very good eye!

If you have any vegetables left over, why not cook a mini-tian and freeze this for later.

Stage 16 - 1 hour
Vegetable tian
Bake for a good hour.

Stage 17
Vegetable tian
15 minutes before the end, take the dish out and scatter the grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs over the top, then return to the oven.

Stage 18
Vegetable tian
Serve hot with a little olive oil or lemon juice drizzled over.
Remarks
The choice of vegetables is by no means limited to the ones listed here, so use whatever types you have to hand, suit your taste and, above all, are in season.

You can also use a different cheese (preferable soft), such as mozarella or Saint Nectaire, or whatever takes you fancy.
Keeping
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Source
Based on a recipe by Isabelle (my beloved sister).
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,000 Kcal or 8,374 Kj76 gr89 gr149 gr
100 %29 %8 %23 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
82 Kcal or 343 Kj3 gr4 gr6 gr
4 %1 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
250 Kcal or 1,047 Kj9 gr11 gr19 gr
12 %4 %1 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten, Sourdough
How much will it cost?
  • For 8 people : 10.44 €
  • Per person : 1.31 €

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Note: Be careful, these prices are only an estimate, you can consult the table of prices by ingredients used for this estimate.
This recipe uses (among others)
CheeseCheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Croque-monsieur complet, Savoury mini-madeleines with 2 cheeses, Endive and cheese salad with croutons, Grilled cheese, Langres-style spinach, ... All
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Creamy risotto with vegetables , Spring Bread, Curried prawn risotto, Nanou's red cabbage salad, Pea risotto "Mantecare", ... All
BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Tomatoes Provençal, French toast "cordon bleu", Greek-style stuffed courgettes, Crab Cakes, Mini Mont d'Or fondue with "spuds in blankets", ... All
TomatoTomato: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Paella, Italian style gratin, Moussaka, Tomato feuilleté with pesto, Mixed tomato salad, ... All
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