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Cook the Book Fridays: Summer Vegetable Tian from Everyday Dorie

Dorie Greenspan's Summer Vegetable TianThis week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and is one of my favourite French summer recipes (so much so that I even included a version in my book !)

So, a “tian” huh? You may not be familiar with the name, but if you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille, you’ll recognise a version of this presentation of ratatouille – vegetables sliced thinly, cooked and served in an elegant stack. The dish in the movie was created by Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry, among other restaurants), who was a consultant for the movie.

The version we made this week from Everyday Dorie (and, indeed, the version I created for my book) is a little easier to assemble, and once you’ve made it once like this, you’ll make this often during the summer! One tip I have is to try to choose vegetables that have a similar diameter so they stack evenly in the baking dish. Speaking of the baking dish, the word “tian” is the name not only for this baked vegetable stew but also the dish it’s cooked in. Traditionally, this was made in a shallow earthenware casserole dish, but you can use a ceramic baking or pie dish for the same effect!

There’s not much to say about this, it’s just so good! In-season vegetables are obviously best but since you’re cooking this for a long time at a high temperature in lots of oil, the result is beautifully confit-ed veggies whether they are in season or not. It’s a beautiful representation of summer in one dish!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Summer Vegetable Tian on page 234 of Everyday Dorie or here.

Serving of Dorie Greenspan's Summer Vegetable Tian

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5 Responses to Cook the Book Fridays: Summer Vegetable Tian from Everyday Dorie

  1. Kim June 26, 2020 at 17:15 #

    Having never had this, we had no expectations and were blown away with how delicious it was…even in all its simplicity! I have made it twice this month haha!

  2. MARY H HIRSCH June 26, 2020 at 17:30 #

    It certainly is summer in one dish. You obviously stacked your veggies horizontally across the dish (which I will try next time because it is pretty also). I made a circular pattern around the dish, like Dorie. This was just delicious.

  3. Shirley @ EverOpenSauce June 27, 2020 at 21:32 #

    Your vegetables are cut perfectly and evenly. I had a hard time trying to do just that. I learned my lesson, so I sharpen my knives and mandolin today.

  4. Diane Zwang June 28, 2020 at 15:16 #

    I loved the movie Ratatouille and I loved this dish. I agree on the size of the vegetables, I did that and lots of EVOO for the bread.

  5. Mr. Neil July 5, 2020 at 13:26 #

    It really is classically simple and delicious: also nice served cold on a hot summer’s day.

    And goes wonderfully with a glass of French rose – just sayin’. 😉

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