Cheesy Zucchini-Apple Tian

I’m always looking for new ways to serve vegetables to my family. This dish was a big hit with everyone and I especially loved it because not only is it super easy to prepare, it’s also easy to serve and tastes really delicious. If you’ve not heard of tian before, it’s a classic French dish that takes its name from the large earthenware pots typically used in Provence; tians usually consist of a mixture of roasted vegetables topped with cheese. You can easily assemble the dish a day or two ahead of time then refrigerate and bake just before serving. You could also prepare this recipe using individual-sized dishes which would make for a very impressive presentation; reduce baking time slightly if doing so.

Sliced apples and zucchini are topped with minced onion, herbs and cheese for this delicious tian.

Sliced apples and zucchini are topped with minced onion, herbs and cheese for this delicious tian.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons  (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large apple, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 green zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 yellow zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded cheese (I used Gruyere and Parmesan but you could also use Mozzarella, Cheddar or your favourite vegan cheese product)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Drizzle a bit of the oil in the bottom of an approximately 8 inch x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) shallow, oven-proof dish.
  • Arrange alternating slices of apple and zucchini in the dish.

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  • Sprinkle with minced shallot, salt, pepper and dried thyme. Drizzle remaining olive oil over top.
  • Cover dish with a lid or piece of aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 30 minutes.
  • Zucchini_Tian_2_WatermarkedRemove from oven and serve hot.

Serves 4 and can easily be doubled or tripled.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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