This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉
Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.
Peel and cut the onion. In a medium skillet, heat oil or butter until hot, add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry on a parchment paper and transfer it onto a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
Evenly spoon the mushrooms mix on top.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms.
Place the cheese slices all over the pie. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Bake on the bottom rack for about 35 minutes, until golden.
I lived in France more than 10 years. My husband is French but neither he or his parents have heard of this dish. The French don’t even suspect that this dish is called French style meat, but Russians eat this meat and know that it truly is “French style meat”.
Juicy French Style Pork Tenderloin
The main ingredients in this dish are meat, mayonnaise, cheese and onion, lots of onion.
The reason I love making Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimp so much is because the ingredients are so simple and I almost always have frozen shrimp and puff pastry in my freezer. The puff pastry wrapped-shrimp are my kids favorite appetizers, they call them shrimp in the blanket.
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps
The best way to thaw frozen shrimp is to put them in a colander and let cold water run over it. Let them sit under water for 10 minutes. Once the shrimps are not attached to each other, drain them.