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Tomato Provençal Tian

Tomato Provençal Tian

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Tomato Provençal Tian – a simple, elegant French side dish that’s wonderful with fresh summer tomatoes. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs and cheese, this tian is a delectable addition to any meal.

Tomato Provençal Tian - a simple, elegant French side dish

Tomato Provençal Tian

For this week’s French Friday recipe, Dorie Greenspan gave us the option of making the ubiquitous herb and garlic topped tomatoes known as Tomatoes Provençal or a sliced version,Tomato Provençal Tian. A tian, according to Dorie, is a pottery dish, similar to a deep dish pie plate. That’s exactly what I used to oven roast these tomatoes.

Tomato Provençal Tian

Lovely Heirloom Tomatoes

Our nearby produce stand was finally stocked with vine ripe tomatoes and a plethora of summer fruits and vegetables. Seeing both yellow and red heirlooms, I knew a tian would show off these beauties best.  I took a few steps out to my garden to snip some parsley, basil, thyme and rosemary. Don’t you just love summer? Even Bill put one on his plate without me having to coax and cajole. And gave an unsolicited, “These are good.” I’ll take that!

How to Make a Tian

Follow this link to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette to see Dorie’s recipe for Tomatoes Provençal. To make the Tomato Provençal Tian instead, just slice your tomatoes into thirds, place them overlapping slightly in a pie plate, season, top with the herbs and garlic, and drizzle with extra virgin oil*. I basted after 30 minutes, then baked another 15 before broiling with the added cheese. Try either of these  for a lovely accompaniment to your summer meals.

Skinny Tip

I’ve started a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #24: I’ve already addressed the topic of drinking lots of water throughout the day, but another trick is to drink a large glass of water when you’re hungry. Sometimes dehydration can be mistaken for hunger, so fill up your glass and once your thirst is quenched, you can re-evaluate whether you really need that snack.


Tomato Provençal Tian

 *I used Star Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle over my tomatoes. Their olives are pressed within 24 hours of harvest, resulting in a robust, rich olive oil that’s perfect for salads, over fresh tomatoes, for bread dipping and much more. It was marvelous on my Tomato Provençal Tian. Visit their website to purchase their olive oils, vinegars and many other quality products.

Disclosure: Star Fine Foods supplied me with a bottle of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Star Fine Foods.

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50 comments on “Tomato Provençal Tian”

  1. Look at those gorgeous tomatoes! Happy 4th of July Liz-have fun:@)

  2. The tian looks absolutely gorgeous !

  3. This looks gorgeous! Summer produce is my favorite and you showcased them beautifully in this dish! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend Liz!

  4. This tian is so delicious, so ripe and delicious with the wonderful tomatoes 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I’ve heard the word ‘tian’ but just realised that I had no idea what it was! So thanks for teaching me something new tonight! I love those two-toned tomatoes!

  6. Dear Lizzy how beauty look this dish.
    I missed cant cook or baking I had a terrible flu by days.
    Happy 4th july dear

  7. Dear Lizzy – this “tian” is new to me – I’m always learning something over here! It looks delicious and I can’t wait for my tomatoes to ripen. Happy 4th of July to you and yours today!!!

  8. Gorgeous!!! Liz!!! And festive too! I am so ready for vine riped tomatoes. Bring them on, lol…lovely dish, and yes, I do LOVE Summer:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz. A Happy and Safe 4th of July to you and yours:) Have a blast!!!

  9. Hi Lizzy, love, love, those beautiful heirloom tomatoes TIAN…which is a ‘new’ name for me, since I’m not cooking a whole lot of French foods. All I need is a few chunks of French baguette, and I’m in ‘heaven’! Have a Happy 4th of July, my dear friend! xoxo

  10. Great dish, Liz! Thanks for the post and have a Happy 4th of July!

  11. Oh, your different colors make the dish look beautiful!

  12. Love, love, love this time of year with all of the fresh tomatoes! A tomato Tian or pie just sounds perfect right now! Love the idea of the skinny tips! Just lost 26 pounds and was thinking of doing the same thing to help others who fight their weight as I do, except I’ve been skinny only once in my life and have the goal of getting there once again! Keep up the great passion in your awesome blog, Liz!

  13. Gorgeous tian, I love all the fresh herbs you added!

  14. Just gorgeous presentation, Liz.

  15. Pass the crusty bread and a large plate of this, simply beautiful looking and delicious sounding.

  16. Heirloom tomatoes are so naturally sweet and delicious. Would love slathering up all those juices with a good crusty bread. Have a super weekend. BAM

  17. What beautiful looking tomatoes. I do love a tien – such a great way to serve great produce xx

  18. I bet they taste fantastic, Liz!

    ela h.

  19. This dish looks so pretty!! 🙂 I have never seen yellow tomatoes near where I live before (probably because I don’t go to the big grower’s markets much)- have always wanted to use them because I love adding yellow to dishes haha….

  20. Those tomatoes are beautiful. I am still waiting to get our garden produce. I would be all over this. My favorite thing of summer after the berries is the tomatoes.

  21. This is a reaaallly healthy dish made tasty. A great dose of lycopene and vitamins :). Thanks for sharing!

    Gourmet Getaways

  22. Just love the look of those tomatoes…they must have tasted great. I’m so looking forward to when my tomatoes are ready to harvest.

  23. This is a gorgeous dish, but even for the short time in the oven, I hesitate to turn it on since it’s been so darn hot and humid. I will, however bookmark this for the fall — I can’t wait to smell it baking in the oven! I’m glad Bill liked it too, it must be frustrated to be such a great cook and have a hubby that is so darn picky.
    Thanks for that tip, I had no idea — trying to get rid of a few pounds that have crept up since my last birthday (the ugly one) so this tip will definitely help.

  24. Liz, wonderful looking roasted tomatoes – these simple dishes are often the most delicious ones! Very nice presentation! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!
    Have a great weekend

  25. I’m loving the idea of using different colored tomatoes, it really adds a pop to the dish’s visual appeal. And yes, I love this time of year when so many fresh fruits and veggies are in season. It’s hard not to go crazy when I shop for produce.

  26. Those tomatoes are so very fresh and juicy!

  27. So pretty & healthy! Liz, come & join our NuNaturals NuStevia Goodies Facebook International Giveaway! Simply like, tag & share to win attractive prizes!

  28. This makes me wish I already had tomatoes! As if I wasn’t already anxiously awaiting…

  29. Yum! Look at all of those gorgeous tomatoes!

  30. the tomatoes look gorgeous, so warm and comforting. yum!

  31. Big YUMMS! Comfort food easy and simple!

  32. I cove those tomatoes, Liz. Beautiful dish ad a great tip today.

  33. Gorgeous Colors.
    Stunning dish. x

  34. Liz, I love the colors of those tomatoes. I will have to remember that for next time as I want to make these again. I am making your marshmallow ice cream tonight. I am looking forward to trying that:)

  35. I can never get enough tomato recipes! I love all the herbs used here 🙂

  36. Gorgeous tian, Liz! A very nice choice indeed! Love the vibrant color, and presentation!

  37. This is just gorgeous Liz and sounds fabulous. I think I could make a meal of just this!

  38. I’m glad to see someone making the tian. It looks gorgeous! I’m waiting for the local tomatoes to be ready, but we’re still a few weeks away. This was a tasty teaser for what’s coming at the end of the month when they are ready.

  39. There’s nothing better than a dish that features tomatoes during the height of summer. Thank you for sharing Liz!

  40. Your bright and colourful tian is so lovely – perfect for a summer picnic.

  41. There’s no better treat in summer than gorgeous tomatoes like these! Beautiful!

  42. This is such a pretty summer dish, Liz. Add a little fresh mozzarella and loaf of French bread and I could call it dinner!

  43. I want you to know, Liz, that after reading your entire Post and before leaving this comment, I got up and got a big glass of water and drank the whole thing. (While reading your column, I was eating a Salnet Nut Roll candy bar – love those things). Perhaps I should have had the water before unwrapping the candy bar. Next time. I have a Tian dish on my premises so will try that next time I make this recipe. The tomatoes are just starting to come in at our Farmers Market so I look forward to making more of this delicious recipe.

  44. Oh yum! Not only does that look beautiful it also looks delicious! There’s nothing better than tomato pie or tian or provencial! 🙂

  45. Beautiful presentation, Liz! It’s amazing how a little bit of arranging can turn a simple side into an elegant dish.

  46. What beautiful tomatoes. I love frying tomatoes with herbs. 🙂 This sounds good!

  47. Nice to see that someone did the tian version of this – so appropriate for those beautiful heirloom tomatoes!

  48. I wish I had read the recipe notes more carefully. I didn’t even notice the tian option. I guess I’ll just have to make this one again…

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