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tian

Pronunciation: [TYAHN]

Categories: Casserole

A French word from the Provencal language describing a shallow earthenware casserole, as well as the food that it contains. A typical tian consists of layered, sliced vegetables (such as eggplant, bell peppers and tomatoes) baked until tender. A tian is usually topped by breadcrumbs and sometimes grated cheese. The vegetables may also be chopped, and sometimes bits of meat are included.