Eggplant, Goat Cheese & Tomato Stacks with Basil Oil

4 Aug

This is a recipe that I found on my iPhone’s epicurious app…which I love by the way. My favourite part is the built-in shopping list feature that allows you to check off the items as you shop or even email them to your honey to buy for you.

I came into some basil recently via some props for a  photo shoot we did for a client so it was great to put it to good use in this dish and I made a lovely basil oil by blending a very generous handful of basil with 3/4 cup of olive oil and a pinch of salt.

 

Yummy Fresh Basil

Afterwards you need to drain the oil from the basil ‘solids’ using a coffee filter. I was at Super G’s this day so I fashioned something makeshift out of a chinese rice bowl, a coffee filter and elastic band borrowed from a sprig of asparagus.

 

Draining the Oil from the 'Basil Solids'

 

You grill the eggplant  – I used a grill pan rather than the barbeque and got those lovely charred grill marks.  Make a stack – eggplant, tomato, basil oil, goats cheese, basil oil. Repeat.

 

Assembling the stacks

My intention was to use these for our planned BC day picnic so I wrapped them in foil and put them in the fridge so that they could just be popped on the barbeque.  The popping on the barbeque part worked great…I just couldn’t wait until the picnic to eat them and we ended using them to test drive the new portable barbeque commissioned earlier in the day.

The finished product

On reflection, I’d probably pare the goat’s cheese down to just one round within a stack. But it sure looked purdy! And yummy too.

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