A gardiane, the Provençal version of a bombine, is prepared in the same way, eliminating the wine and all of the vegetables except for the potatoes and the persillade. Starchy, soup potatoes are usually used so that, in disintegrating, they thicken the sauce and, because the dish is cooked covered in the oven, it remains a stew rather than being transformed into a gratin.
Brown the chops, salted, in the olive oil, remove them to a plate and deglaze the pan with the white wine, reducing it by about half. Pack half of the vegetable mixture into the bottom of a fairly shallow oven casserole, place the chops on top, sprinkle over the wine deglazing juice, pack in the remaining vegetables, and pour over water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, at a simmer for a half hour. Uncover the casserole and bake in a 375° oven for about one hour, adding a bit of boiling water after forty minutes or so if it seems to be drying out.
Copyright © 1974 by Richard Olney. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.