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Grilled Vegetable Wrap

 

Roasted Vegetable Wrap

I know it’s not the season to be barbecuing, but I have been craving a good grilled vegetable sandwich for some time and since the weather was unseasonably warm on boxing day (in the pluses – do you believe it??), we took full advantage. If you aren’t so lucky in your part of the world, you may roast the vegetables in the oven (red pepper whole and eggplant sliced and roasted on a baking sheet).

I have a few simple rules for making sandwiches: always balance the warm with something cold and fresh, always include something marinaded, and always enhance with a condiment, sauce, or spread of some sort.

I love everything about this sandwich, so many robust flavours that stand out, but meld so beautifully together. The black olive tapenade, roasted red pepper, and parmesan cheese are each bold on their own and in their own right, but team up for an explosion of flavours that are tied together by the creaminess of the eggplant and hint of vinegar from the marinated mushrooms. The Romaine lettuce adds a crispness, lightness, and freshness to these wintry, filling, loud flavours.

Roasted/grilled vegetables take any sandwich from ordinary to extraordinary, but what makes this sandwich extra special is the parmesan cheese. Perhaps its the culture, but my husband always marvels at how I can eat chunks of parmesan cheese on their own or for an even more heavenly treat with thick slices of ciabatta. Parmesan is often used grated and as a taste enhancer, almost like a seasoning. It’s there and you can’t miss it, but usually as a helper, not a main attraction. In this sandwich, it shares the starring role with the grilled eggplant and red pepper. The wrap would be good without the parmesan cheese, but the parmesan just takes it over the top.

If you have never celebrated parmesan like this, go ahead. Get rid of your grater because you are in for a treat!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

 Eggplant, medium, sliced diagonally 1/4-inch thick  1
 Pepper, red, large  1
 Pepper, green, hot  2
 Olive oil
 Salt
 Black pepper
 Lettuce, Romaine, pieces  4
 Cheese, Parmesan, slices  4
 Mushrooms (roasted), marinated (in oil, not vinegar)  16
Black Olive Tapenade:  (makes 5 heaping tablespoons or 1/3 cup)
 Olives, black, pits removed  1 cup
 Olive oil  2 tbsp
 Black pepper  1 turn
 Garlic, clove, sliced  1
 Oregano, fresh, sprig, large  1
 Vinegar, red wine  2 tsp
 Chili flakes  Pinch
 Tortilla wraps, whole wheat  2

1. For the grilled vegetables, slice eggplant diagonally 1/4-inch thick. Brush each slice on both sides with olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper on one side only.

2. Grill eggplant slices 3-4 minutes on each side. Place red and green peppers whole on the bbq and grill until charred on all sides (approximately 3-4 minutes for the green pepper and 8-10 minutes for the red pepper).

3. Place peppers in a small bowl and cover with saran wrap. After they have cooled, remove skins and seeds.

4. For the black olive tapenade, place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and all ingredients are well combined approximately 3-4 minutes.

5. To assemble the wrap, lay the wrap flat onto a plate. Spread 1 tbsp of the olive tapenade on one side of the wrap. Follow with, two layers of eggplant slices (6-8 slices depending on the size of the eggplant), 2 pieces of the red pepper (half the red pepper), one green pepper, two leaves of Romaine lettuce, two slices of parmesan cheese, and 8 marinated mushrooms. Fold half the warp over contents and draw that part of the wrap and its contents towards you. Fold in the ends (both sides) and continue to tightly roll the wrap. Repeat with second wrap.

There is enough tapenade to make 4 sandwiches, so you may choose to double the recipe to serve 4 or freeze the additional 3 tablespoons in individual tablespoons for another time. Yum!

 

Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Quiche

I know what you are thinking. Contrary to appearances, the crust is actually not that thick. In order to avoid unnecessary waste, I fold the extras over the inside. It doesn’t look dainty, but that additional bit of buttery flakiness is soooo good.

You all know that eggs are not my favourite, but I absolutely adore this quiche. Made in the pie tin, the ratio of eggs to vegetables/cheese to crust is evenly distributed making this a perfectly balanced dish that isn’t too eggy. I grew up with a classic Italian dish that combined sweet and spicy dried peppers with eggs, so am extremely familiar with this combination. I have loved the pairing of roasted red peppers and goat cheese ever since I made Ina Garten’s sandwich.

For our pre-Christmas party last year, I made the miniature versions of this and our guests gobbled them up. Roasted red peppers pack big, bold flavor and their sweetness combine with the tanginess of the goat cheese tantalizing the tongue in that classic dance between sweet and sour.

This is a quick and easy weeknight meal (if not preparing your own pie crust).

Serves 4 (with a side salad)

Ingredients:

Pie dough, quiche (prepared) 1
Eggs 4
Salt 1/2 tsp
Milk 1/4 cup
Black pepper
Thyme, sprigs, fresh 6-8
Red pepper, roasted, chopped 1
Shallots, chopped 2
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Cheese, goat, crumbled 1 oz

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Heat oil over medium heat in a small frying pan. Add shallots and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, thyme, salt, and  black pepper.

4. Line quiche crust with cooked shallots. Follow with roasted red pepper and goat cheese. Ensure that they are all well distributed.

5. Pour in the egg mixture.

6. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the quiche is set.

7. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.