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19 August, 2017

Basic Concasse and Variations

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Tomato Concasse Ingredients and Method

1 medium size tomato per person

Score each tomato with an “X” at the bottom. (Opposite end to where the stem is attached.)

Immerse the tomatoes in boiling water for 10 seconds until they start to blister.

Plunge them into ice-cold water immediately and leave them there until they are completely cold.

Peel the skins and cut in half crossways.

Squeeze each half tomato to rid them of seeds and water.

Dice into 1/4 inch (5mm) piece and set aside until ready to serve.

Bell Pepper Concasse Ingredients and Method

1/2 Bell pepper (Capsicum) per person—I find the red variety sweeter

Cut each Bell Pepper into 4 strips and remove the seeds.

Place strips onto a grill tray skin side up.

Place under grill until skins start to blister. The skins will actually go black as though burning. Don’t panic, this is normal and does not affect the finished taste.

Remove the strips of Bell Pepper and place them immediately into ice-cold water. Leave them to cool for two minutes and then peel with your fingers. You will find that the skins slides off easily. If it doesn’t that means that you didn’t allow the skins to blister under the grill.

Chop the Bell Pepper strips into 1/4 inch (5mm) pieces and set aside for serving.

Variations

You can also make a Concasse from Egg Plant (Aubergine) or if you wish to move on from Basic Concasse you can mix the vegetables but I prefer to serve a single vegetable because in this dish the beauty is in the simplicity.

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