Vegetable Tian

Vegetable Tian

Have you watched the movie Ratatouille? If you have, surely you remember the idealistic and ambitious young rat Remy, who was gifted with impressive senses of taste and smell. The movie ended with a high note, when Remy impressed the food critic Ego with a plate of wonderfully made ratatouille.

Well, turned out that the food it served is more likely to be called vegetable Tian than ratatouille, due to the shape of the vegetables being cut, or more accurately, sliced. As quote from, 'Technically, a tian is any casserole cooked in an earthenware vessel by the same name, but these days it almost always refers to some kind of layered vegetable dish that's gratinéed (browned on top) in the oven.'

So here I am presenting this healthy dish - vegetable tian!

One thing to note is that there will be water coming out from the vegetables after baked, it is absolutely normal. However, if you prefer it dry you can always take a step further by pan-frying the vegetable first before arranging them on the plate, and that should solve the problem. 

Vegetable Tian
Make one 8"round pan 

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 green zucchini (medium small size),sliced
  • 1/2 yellow zucchini (medium small size),sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (or mixture of parmesan & gouda, parmesan & mozarella)
Cooking Directions
  1. In a pan, stir fry A until fragrant.
  2. Lay A evenly over a pie pan.
  3. Arrange B nicely on top of A.
  4. Sprinkle C on top.
  5. Cover and bake at preheated oven at 190C for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 25 minutes uncovered.


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