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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Terrine recipe

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This is one of Alan Spedding's recipes. This is the starter that he cooked on Channel 4's Chef for a Night programme.


1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 fl oz extra virgin olive oil
2 ripe tomatoes
4 red peppers (roasted de-seeded and skinned)
small chilli (roasted de-seeded and skinned)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 leaves of gelatine(soaked in water for ten minutes)
100 ml white wine vinegar
1 tsp raspberry vinegar
400 ml chilled whipping cream

Tomato Vinaigrette:
200g ripe tomatoes
Pinch of salt and caster sugar
Dash of white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil - ex virgin
White pepper
Shredded basil leaves

  • Sweat the onion in the oil for around five minutes,add the tomatoes and the peppers, season, cover and then cook over a medium heat for about eight to ten minutes
  • Puree the mixture then return to the pan and reduce for a couple of minutes stirring constantly
  • Add the soaked gelatine and stir to dissolve, then sieve the mixture to remove pips and skins
  • Mix the vinegars together in a pan and reduce over a medium heat by about a third,stir into the puree and allow to cool at room temperature
  • Whip the cream into soft peaks and mix a quarter of it into the mousse, then gently fold in the remaining cream.Season to taste
  • Lightly oil a terrine dish (approx 8 by 4) then line with a piece of cling film.Pour the mixture into the dish then gently tap down on a solid surface to remove any air pockets
  • Place into the fridge to set

To Serve

  • Gently invert the terrine on to a chopping board,carefully remove the cling film then cut a slice or two with a warm knife and arrange onto the centre of your plate.
  • To accompany the terrine I like to use a tomato vinaigrette ,marbled into a reduction of balsamic vinegar and a good olive oil, garnished with basil leaves and chopped chives.An explosion of exciting flavours with this wonderful taste of the mediterranean.

Tomato Vinaigrette:

  • Halve the tomatoes, remove the seeds and chop roughly, then puree finely, force through a sieve into a bowl.
  • Season with salt, pepper and sugar, add vinegar then whisk in the olive oil and add the herbs

Alan Spedding

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