Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vegetable Tian

...'Twas the night before Christmas...
This is about the third recipe that I was convinced was perfect for my contribution and thankfully it turned out pretty darn amazing!
The first was a delicious Barley Turkey Meatball soup - which I highly recommend ( Throw a little roasted jalapeno in the meatballs and serve with cilantro, green onion, and a dollop of sour cream on top - Yum! (We called it Chile Butterball soup!)
The second was an amazing tasting coffee fudge which still remains this taffy consistency blob in the refrigerator - going to try to use it for hot chocolate instead!
Now - for the Vegetable Tian - its a great lighter side dish, which is exactly what I was looking for for Christmas...something that wasn't full of cream, cheese, and heaviness.
Vegetable Tian
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 large sweet yellow onion (chopped)
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
3 Roma Tomatoes
Salt, Pepper, Thyme
Grated Parmesan cheese (I recommend the fresher kind)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking dish with cooking spray. In a large skillet cook onion with 1 Tbsp olive oil until soft, then add garlic for about 1 minute, or until aromatic. Pour the contents of the skillet into the bottom of the baking dish and spread out evenly.
Slice potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash into 1/4" slices and layer in baking dish. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and Tyme to taste.
Bake, covered, for about 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered about another 25-30 minutes until all vegetables are tender and cheese is browned.
Unfortunately I didn't even think about a photo until all the compliments and fully bellies rolled in after Christmas dinner - so what you see is the left overs. It was extremely easy to throw together and a great alternative to heavy sides without losing all the flavor!
I REALLY cannot wait to make this during harvest when all the goodies are garden fresh!

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