Mediterranean vegetarian medley recipe
Mediterranean vegetarian medley
This combination of herbs, tender vegetables and soft mozzarella just oozes summertime. It's light, aromatic, fantastic to look at and tastes wonderful. It's perfectly complemented by a salad with the strong tastes of rocket and watercress softened by sumptuous grapes. One point though, make sure you get fresh, soft mozzarella; the blocks often used to make cheap pizzas just won't give you the look, the smell of the flavour. (Serves 4)
Olive oil: 4 tablespoons
Onions: 2, finely chopped
Fresh chopped herbs: (must include oregano) 3 tablespoons
Tomatoes: 4, medium sliced
Courgettes: 3, medium sliced
Fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese: 400g (drained weight)
Freshly grated parmesan cheese: 3 tablespoons
Fresh breadcrums: 3 tablespoons
Watercress: 2 handfuls
Black grapes: 110g
Rocket: 1 handful
Heat the oil, add the onions and sweat gently for about 5 minutes, add half the herbs and use the mixture to layer the base of a shallow flan dish / Arrange the tomatoes, courgettes and mozzarella slices alternately, standing upright, on the onions / Sprinkle over the rest of the herbs and squash the vegetables down slightly with your hands / Cover with kitchen foil and bake at 200 degrees celcius/400 degrees fahrenheit/gas mark 6 for 25 minutes / Remove the foil / Mix together the Parmesan and breadcrumbs / Sprinkle over the dish and return to the oven for 10 minutes / Put the watercress, grapes and rocket in a bowl and toss in the vinaigrette dressing.
This dish is delicious cold for the following day's lunch.
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