10 min plus 1 hour baking time
serves 4-6
Old kitchen wisdom: "If it grows together, it goes together". This Provençal tian of summer vegetables is a very tasty example. It’s made with late summer produce: onions, new potatoes, summer squash, and fresh tomatoes, accented by fresh herbs.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus a bit more to drizzle
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 small tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow or green summer squash (zucchini)
  • 1 large or 2 medium new potatoes
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Feel free to double the recipe, in which case use a larger pan to keep it to one layer.

Heat oven to 375˚F. Slice the onion thinly. Slice the tomatoes, potatoes, and squash into even quarter inch slices.

Heat a skillet, then add olive oil and sauté the onions until tender and lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Scatter the onions evenly over the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish (or your choice of equivalent size.) Shingle the sliced vegetables on top of the onions. Season with salt and pepper, scatter fresh thyme leaves over all. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil.

Cover tightly with foil, and bake, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover the tian, sprinkle with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese, and bake 30 minutes longer, until the top just begins to brown.


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