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Summer Vegetable Tian

By Andrew Zimmern

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Chef Andrew Zimmern holding Vegetable Tian on a plate

Knives used in this recipe:

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  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 long thin Japanese eggplant ,cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 medium gold bar squash or yellow zucchini, cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoons AZ & Badia Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons ground parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Char the peppers over open fire or your stovetop. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 15 minutes. 
  3. Add a few tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and season with salt. Cook until translucent and softened. Add the garlic , and half of the thyme and rosemary, and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Spill the mix in the bottom of the baking dish. You can use a round 12-inch baking dish, a 9x13 pan, pie plate, whatever you have that will fit all of the vegetables. 
  4. In your baking dish, arrange the vegetables, alternating eggplant, squash and tomatoes upright in a uniform pattern, to create a tight spiral. 
  5. Remove the skin and seeds of the red pepper. Cut into ½-inch strips. Tuck strips in between the eggplant, squash and tomatoes. Drizzle with more oil. Sprinkle with remaining herbs and capers. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and a few spoons of olive oil. Remove the foil and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Return to oven and bake uncovered for an additional 25 minutes until browned. Let sit for 20 minutes on your counter and serve.