An evening in Provence

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I was doing some more research for my Christmas Eve menu when I happened upon a delicious looking recipe on For the Love of Cooking, one of my favourite food blogs - Vegetable Tian. It had everything: potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini...and cheese.  All things I love!  It sounded delightful.  And its a French recipe (from the region of Provence); the more French inspired recipes I try, the more I'm enjoying French cooking.  Mmmmmmm.  Having today off, I figured what the heck.  Time to give it a try.
Not as pretty as it could be...
I sliced up zucchini, roma tomatoes, and a potato, and layered it overtop a sauteed red onion and garlic. And we all know that Chef Karen can't follow a recipe without adding a few of her own touches.  What did I do differently, you may ask?  On top of the onions and before the sliced veggies, I added about a 1/4 cup of tomato sauce.  Oh yeah baby. 
...but it looks divine when finished.
I wasn't sure how it would taste but I went for it.  It did NOT disappoint.  O.M.G.  This was so delicious.  The addition of the tomato sauce?  This dish went to a whole ... 'nother ... level.  This is definately a recipe I'm adding to my repetoire.  I'll be making this again and again and again and ...  Mmmmmmm.  I had to restrain myself from going for seconds as I'd promised to bring some for a coworker to try and I wanted some for lunch tomorrow.

I'm also keeping this in mind for the next time I have a dinner party to go to.  It would be great with BBQ chicken or steak in the summertime as well.  Mmm, I'll be dreaming about this tonight.

5 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Looks lovely, Chef Karen. I love the vertical layering you did.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

That looks SO GOOD!! I must try that, thanks for the recipe!

Ben Ditty said...

Can I come over and eat with you? :p

Maren said...

You inspired me! I made this for my Sunday dinner - yummy!

Karen said...

Ben, yes but you need to bring your own fork.

Maren, yippee! Glad you enjoyed it!

Janae (HRG), its a great way to get your veggies in.

WC, thanks! The pictures from the post that inspired me looked a bit better but I was still impressed by my own handiwork.

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