Tian de Courgettes
French Recipe: Tian de Courgettes
A tian is the name given to a shallow baking dish and anything cooked in it. This is a very simple and traditional recipe from the south of France, sometimes made with cheese and rice. Baking the courgettes brings out their sweetness and makes a lovely accompaniment to meats, such as lamb or chicken – the perfect dish to get you in the mood for the summer months ahead!
Ingredients (serves four people)
- 400g aubergines
- 500g tomatoes
- 300g courgettes
- 1 onion
- 6 garlic cloves
- 50g butter
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Provencal herbs*
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas Mark 6) and butter an oval-shaped baking disk.
- Peel the garlic cloves and the onion and chop the onion and one of the five garlic cloves into small pieces.
- Bake the sliced onion and garlic clove in the oven for ten minutes and leave to cool.
- Slice the vegetables into slices of the same thickness and diameter.
- Add these slices to the dish on top of the baked garlic and onion.
- Arrange the vegetables in rows: tomato, courgette, tomato, aubergine, tomato and continue this pattern until the dish is full. Intersperse the five remaining garlic cloves.
- Add salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Provencal herbs.
- Bake for ninety minutes.
Bon appétit !
* Provencal herbs refer to a mixture of dried herbs typical of the Provence region of southeast France, usually containing savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and other herbs.