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.


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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