I participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (see details on my Bracco Farms CSA experience) where the basic idea is that a farmer grows for a group of members who have purchased “shares” in the harvest. Every two weeks, I get a box full of incredibly-fresh, organic, non-GMO produce that I’ve been having a lot of fun cooking with.
Last week, I received three beautiful summer squashes that were gigantic in size. I decided to make a completely meat-free dish with them to help celebrate #MeatlessMonday.
A vegetable tian can really incorporate a wide variety of fresh produce….tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, squashes, eggplants…the list goes on. This version is very simple – onions, squashes and yellow tomatoes from my garden. With just a grating of Parmesan at the end of the cooking process, this tian can be served on its own as a light dish or with a salad, piece of fish/chicken/meat.
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly-sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 large yellow squash, thinly-sliced
- 1 green squash, thinly-sliced
- 2 large tomatoes, thinly-sliced
- ½ tsp. each salt, pepper and oregano
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. You could use any shaped oven-proof dish here.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil then add the onion. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic to the cooked onion and continue sautéing for an additional minute. Place the onion-garlic mixture on the bottom of the pie plate.
- Arrange the squashes and tomato slices in a spiral pattern over the onions and garlic, alternating between each vegetable.
- Sprinkle the salt, pepper and oregano over the vegetables then drizzle with the olive oil. Place the dish in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove the dish from the oven, turn the broiler on high and sprinkle the Parmesan over the vegetables. Place the dish under the broiler for 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables have browned. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for two minutes, then serve.
Makes 4 generous servings.