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Confit Bayaldi

Confit Bayaldi Recipe

  • Author: lechefswife
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: French
  • Method: Confit, Oven baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Confit Bayaldi is a beautifully presented French Riviera slow cooked vegetarian dish using the same ingredients as a Ratatouille.

A perfect example of French Riviera cooking – Confit Bayaldi uses simple, fresh ingredients, beautifully displayed to create a dish that is memorable and full of flavor but is also surprisingly healthy.

The colors are beautiful and vibrant and the fancy rose shape of the vegetables looks almost too pretty to eat! When cooked just right Confit Bayaldi can be the star of a special brunch table or the dish that everyone asks you the recipe for at a dinner party.


Ingredients

Scale

Ingredients for a Bayaldi

  • 2 medium sized Eggplants, very thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
  • 2 Medium sized zucchini very thinly sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise and very thinly sliced

For the Piperade ( a mix of onions, peppers and tomatoes that makes a delicious base for the Bayaldi)

  • 2 large, white onions, cut in half lengthwise and very thinly sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeds and core removed, cut in half lengthwise and very thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, seeds and core removed, halved and thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 branches of thyme – remove the leaves from the stem
  • pinch of salt

Garnish

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Niçois olives, pitted
  • 1 branch of fresh thyme – remove the leaves from the stem
  • Pinch of sel de camargue

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

First, let’s make the Piperade, the base of the Bayaldi.

In a large, heavy bottomed pan (like a dutch oven), heat 2 tbsps of olive oil over medium heat.

Add the onions and the thyme leaves. Sautée for about 5 minutes. Pour 3 tbsps of water into the pan to deglaze the onions and then sautée for another 5 minutes until the onions become translucent. 

Add in the red pepper as well as the garlic, tomato, tomato paste and the pinch of salt. Sautée for another 10 minutes.

Spoon the Piperade in the the base of a round, oven safe dish. We used our round, 10 inch Mauviel pan but you can absolutely use a 10 inch pie plate or a cast iron pan for this recipe. First step done!

Now here is where the artistry comes in. It is time to make the beautiful rose shape that characterizes this dish.

I highly recommend using an 8 inch pasty circle to achieve the look in the photo. If you don’t have a pastry circle you will still end up with a beautiful presentation , but your vegetables will lay flat as opposed to having them propped up like the leaves of a rose.

Place your Pastry circle in the center of your dish. Skin side up, gently place the half eggplant slices all around the inside of the pastry circle, overlapping each slice with the other by about 50% until you make one full circle. This requires patience, I know, but the end result is worth it!

Follow by one circle of zucchini slices (same – overlap each slice by 50%). The next ring is Eggplant again, moving inward with each ring.

Creating the rose shape of the Bayaldi

How to create the shape of the Bayaldi

Now, add one ring of tomato slices, keeping the same overlap ratio. Follow by one ring of zucchini then one ring of eggplant.

By now you should be close to the center of the dish. Create the center of the rose using just tomatoes. Overlapping with the same ratio and making smaller and smaller rings of tomatoes until you reach the center.

Once the rose is complete, garnish with 2 tbsp of olive oil over the dish, then add the remaining thyme leaves and sprinkle a little salt.

Leaving the pastry circle in the dish, cook uncovered in the oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you have any vegetables remaining, you can make Ratatouille while your Bayaldi is cooking! (heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a dutch oven over medium low heat and add the leftover eggplant, peppers, onions and zucchini. Season with a little sea salt, a sprig of thyme, a bay leaf and a sprig of rosemary. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes. Voilà! Ratatouille!)

After 1 hour and 10 minutes, remove the Bayaldi from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Very carefully remove the pastry circle, pulling it straight up to not destroy the shape of your Bayaldi. (Remember to use oven mitts or a dish towel – the pastry circle will be hot!) Sprinkle the Bayadi with the Nicois olives and add a final pinch of Sel de camargue for good measure.

Serve with a large serving spoon. The vegetables will be melty and delicious with the carmelized onions adding a wonderful complexity to the dish. The circular shape of Confit Bayaldi


Notes

Equipment needed:

1) a Mandoline for getting really thin slices of eggplant or zucchini (not necessary but makes for a more regular slice size)

2) A 6 inch stainless steel pastry circle with a high side like this one

I highly recommend using a 6 inch pasty circle to achieve the look in the photo. If you don’t have a pastry circle you will still end up with a beautiful presentation , but your vegetables will lay flat as opposed to having them propped up like a rose.

If you have any vegetables remaining, you can make Ratatouille while your Bayaldi is cooking! (heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a dutch oven over medium low heat and add the leftover eggplant, peppers, onions and zucchini. Season with a little sea salt, a sprig of thyme, a bay leaf and a sprig of rosemary. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes. Voilà! Ratatouille!)

 

Keywords: Bayaldi, Byaldi, Tian Provençale, Tian, Confit Bayaldi