This beautiful recipe for Tian Provencal (French Baked Summer Vegetables) was created by our French recipe developer and food photographer Mary Devinat. If you are looking for a new vegetarian centerpiece for lunch or dinner, Tian Provencal is both gorgeous and delicious. We hope you enjoy it! Read more about the dish from Mary below.
When I prepare this dish, I can only remember the summers I spent as a child in the Luberon, a very beautiful corner of Provence. You hear the cicadas singing and you feel that typical heat there. These are just great memories and the cuisine is very important.
The Tian Provençal is a very traditional dish in the south of France. We do a lot of them because the vegetables grow very well and they are delicious. It is a light and very tasty dish that I like to prepare during summer time. It has the advantage of being good hot or cold. You can therefore enjoy it cold during the hot summer months with other dishes and sides. This is perfect when you’re having a dinner outside under a pergola with friends.
In France, we really like adapting our recipes with what we have on hand. So there are many versions of this recipe. You can add mozzarella slices if you like or just use tomato and eggplant slices. For this version, I wanted to have fun with the colors by varying 4 vegetables. The tomato sauce base also brings a lot of juice to the dish and allows the vegetables to cook better. I hope you like this southern French taste!
If you’re interested in more authentic French recipes and cooking, check out Mary’s video about a typical day of eating in France on our Youtube channel!
There must be as many Niçoise salads as there are Niçois! You can find a lot of variations. Some have anchovies, others don’t, sometimes, in restaurants, you can have rice or not. The original recipe is therefore difficult to find! However, this version is my favorite, it’s simple but tasty.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sauté 3 minutes until the onion becomes transparent. Add oregano and dried thyme and mix. Finally, pour in the crushed tomatoes, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Mix and let it cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. During this time, cut the eggplant, zucchini, yellow summer squash and tomatoes to make thin slices.
Pour the tomato sauce into a pie dish and place all the slices of vegetables one after the other in the dish. Add a drizzle of olive oil on top, salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 40 minutes. Take out of the oven and garnish with a few basil leaves on top.
Mary is a photographer, food stylist and recipe developer. She is French and grew up in Paris. "It is the beautiful country where I learned to love good cooking". Mary presently lives in Philadelphia with her husband.