Ajo Blanco Poached Tomato Bon Bon, Mache Idiazabal, and Txakoli Vinegar

This poached tomato recipe isn't for the kitchen novice

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6
Servings
216
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Ajo Blanco Emulsion:

  • cut and peeled cucumbers
  • 1/2  clove of garlic
  • 1/2  yellow bell pepper
  • yellow tomatoes (remove any excess water)
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  xanthan gum
  • bloomed gelatin sheets
  • 2  Ounces  txakoli vinegar
  • 2  Ounces  blended oil

For the tomatoes:

  • peeled and hollowed on the vine tomatoes
  • 1  Ounce  sea salt, such as Maldon
  • 1  Ounce  granulated sugar
  • 1  Ounce  extra virgin olive oil
  • bunches of mache (lettuce)
  • 3  Ounces  idiazabal cheese

Directions

For the Ajo Blanco Emulsion:

Purée all ingredients in a blender. Once all are puréed, strain through chinois and place in a pastry bag. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the tomatoes:

To peel the tomatoes, you must first put a pot of water to boil.

Fill a medium bowl with ice cubes and water.

Cut an X in the bottom of each tomato with a knife.

Place prepared tomatoes in the pot of boiling water and cook until the skins begin to peel off (10-20 seconds).

Remove from boiling water immediately and put in ice water to stop cooking process.

The skin should peel off easily. Remove from ice water and pat dry.

Hollow the tomato and season each with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sugar and sea salt. Fill tomato with ajo blanco and let sit in fridge until ready to serve.

To Plate:
Grab six plates of choice.

Set tomato with the hole facing down.

Brush each tomato with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle sea salt, sugar, and black olive dust.

Place a small bundle of mache lettuce on each plate with shaved idiazabal cheese, maldon salt, extra virgin olive oil, and txakoli vinegar.

Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
26%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
15g
63%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
11g
8%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
11µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
74mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
2µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
5mg
2%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
54mg
8%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
268mg
18%
Water
10g
0%

Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

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