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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer Vegetable Tian

Although we don't have a garden this year, we've benefitted from those who do. In our ward, members have been bringing surplus produce to share each week after the block of meetings. And lest we feel like complete moochers, last week we brought a big bag of concord grapes that Kev had plucked from our backyard vines before heading to church. So there... we finally gave back!

Anyway. Amanda brought me a big bag of yellow squash and some zucchini and I used them the next day in a recipe I'd put aside earlier in the week. It's a great way to use up a LOT of veggies from your late-summer harvest.

For the summer vegetable tian, you'll need the following:

1 T olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1-2 small zucchini
1-2 small yellow squash
1 potato
1 tomato
1 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 C mixed cheeses, grated (I used mozzarella and parmesan)

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Dice all vegetables (about 1/4 inch thick)
-Saute garlic in Olive Oil approximately 5 minutes, or until browned
-Spray baking dish (I used a rounded 13 inch and a bread loaf pan) and spread sautéed garlic on the bottom. Place vegetable slices vertically in the pan (see photo below), alternating.
-Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper
-Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover, top with cheese and bake additional 20-30 minutes or until golden brown


The thyme was really strong in this, so next time I'll use 1/2 tsp instead. I made it with 2 zucchinis and squash each, so I had a lot of leftovers (even after serving to four adults). But it should reheat well and be tasty as a side dish another time in the week. I even sent my sister home with some to help out.

And doesn't all the cheese look fantastic? I'm so grateful that cheese is typically so low in lactase that I can eat it without getting sick. Otherwise I'd cry.

Also- I thought I found this recipe on Pinterest originally, but when I scrolled through my Pins I couldn't find it. But please note this is NOT my own creation. I think it's a recipe that was hidden deep inside a pin that is probably labeled "100million tasty recipes!!" or something like that.

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  1. That looks so good! Too bad no one in my family would eat it except me. I love veggies, but I feel like I have to force them on everyone else. :(

  2. It's really savory and mostly cheese-flavored!! Just tell them it's like pizza without sauce. Or at least make them eat the potatoes; that's like eating cheesey fries. DELISH.

    With that said, Aspen wouldn't touch this with a ten-foot pole.


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