Vegetable Tian


A tian is a Provençal-style vegetable casserole, and one of the prettiest, most colorful side dishes. Traditionally, it's baked in a shallow earthenware dish, also called a tian, but you can use any baking dish that's the right size for this recipe. Sliced vegetables are layered with garlic and plenty of olive oil, and cooked until meltingly tender. Our vibrant version uses plum tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, Japanese eggplant, and onion. The result is a delicious savory rainbow that's sure to tempt even vegetable haters.


  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves with all but 1 clove unpeeled

  • cup olive oil

  • 1 yellow squash, about 6 ounces, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, about 6 ounces, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 zucchini, about 6 ounces, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 4 plum tomatoes, about 1 pound, sliced lengthwise ¼-inch thick

  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced crosswise

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Sprigs of thyme, rosemary, oregano, or marjoram


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Halve the peeled garlic clove and rub bottom of a large baking dish with the cut side of the garlic. Coat the bottom of the dish with 2 tablespoons oil. Arrange vegetables in dish, alternating them and overlapping them. Season with salt and pepper as you layer the vegetables. Scatter herbs on top and drizzle with remaining oil to coat generously. Add garlic cloves evenly over the top.

  3. Bake 25 minutes, then baste vegetables with oil from pan, and continue baking until tender and browned, about 25 minutes more.

    Rob Tannenbaum
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