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Thomas Keller: Toasted vegetable jardinière


You'll need

1 small eggplant, thinly sliced 60 gm (2 small) portobello mushrooms 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and drizzling 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 tsp Chardonnay vinegar 1 tsp finely chopped thyme 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 60 gm shop-bought roast red capsicum, thickly sliced 4 multi-grain bread slices, to serve 60 gm thinly sliced Gruyère, to serve   Rocket purée 250 gm wild rocket, picked 25 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Arrange eggplant in a single layer in a non-reactive dish. Scatter with 20gm fine sea salt and stand to drain bitter juices (1 hour). Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • 02
  • Place eggplant, mushrooms and fennel on a baking paper-lined oven tray, brush with oil, season to taste and roast until tender (20–25 minutes).
  • 03
  • Combine onion, vinegar, thyme, garlic and oil on a baking paper-lined roasting tray, season to taste, cover with foil, roast until tender (20-30 minutes) and cool.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, for rocket purée, blanch rocket (5-10 seconds), then refresh. Drain well, squeeze out excess moisture, then process in a small food processor until finely chopped (1 minute). With the motor running, slowly add oil and process until a fine paste forms, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
  • 05
  • Preheat a sandwich press to medium heat, spread two bread slices with rocket purée, layer with roast vegetables and Gruyère, season to taste and top with remaining bread slices. Drizzle sandwich with oil and toast until golden (3-4 minutes), serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 2 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 2 people

Drink Suggestion

A young, savoury sangiovese.

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