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Provencal Grilled Vegetable "Cake"

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Category: Europe
Forum Name: France
Forum Discription: Whether it is provincial peasant cooking or classic haute cuisine, this is the place to discuss the flavors of France.
Printed Date: 26 February 2021 at 02:31

Topic: Provencal Grilled Vegetable "Cake"
Posted By: gracoman
Subject: Provencal Grilled Vegetable "Cake"
Date Posted: 21 July 2019 at 10:48
Let's get Cheffy Wink

This celebration of Summer is a PITA to make (takes 2 days) but so worth it

Grilled eggplant
Grilled zucchini
Grilled summer squash
Grilled red bell peppers
Grilled yellow bell peppers
Grilled Poblano peppers
Wilted Spinach
Mushrooms duxelles
A grilled bouquet made of onion, garlic, shallots, herbs de Provence, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, evoo wrapped in foil and grilled
Fire roasted Fennel
Provencal Tomato Fennel Marmalade

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The cake was assembled in an acetate lined 9" cake ring and weighted overnight to remove excess moisture and mold the "cake". Next day the weights were removed and the Tomato Fennel marmalade was added to the top. The mushroom duxelles layers were not as wide as the pic shows.
The weights caused the shrooms to move up along the ring, unfortunately, covering some of the other veggie layers. I'll take that into consideration next time .

Ring mold and acetate were removed and voila...">

Posted By:
Date Posted: 21 July 2019 at 14:37
Wow! Great job, amazing 'cake' Thumbs Up


Posted By: Margi Cintrano
Date Posted: 21 July 2019 at 15:10


Superbly splendid absoutely !!

Have a lovely summer.   

Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.

Posted By: Wannabebwana
Date Posted: 21 July 2019 at 15:25
Wow! Just wow!

And I thought making grillled veggies on a focaccia loaf was time-consuming.

Posted By: gracoman
Date Posted: 21 July 2019 at 18:15
I forgot to give credit where credit is due. - I stole the recipe and technique from here

Posted By: Margi Cintrano
Date Posted: 22 July 2019 at 12:19

Really exemplary labors and wonderful photography too. 

Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.

Posted By: gracoman
Date Posted: 22 July 2019 at 19:02
I found this grilled vegetable cake to be absolutely magnificent served warm. Cold, not so much. Cold doesn't do much for the flavor of savory dishes but I tried it anyway.


I suppose room temp service would be okay but I found that two to three minutes in the microwave changes this from merely good to spectacular. I don't write or say OMG often but I'll leave it here today. I wasn't sure if slices would hold their shape in the microwave but they did that nicely. The compression did its job. Dense, flavorful, fire roasted and downright wonderful.

All in all there is a lot going on with this thing. One of the better things I've made. In my book, it's a real winner that will impress anybody.">

Posted By: Margi Cintrano
Date Posted: 23 July 2019 at 08:32

Sensational really.

I like cold aubergine (eggplant ) ..  Like antipasti in a tart  ! 

i would have to try a forkbite cold and see -- and a forkbite between warm and hot -- 

Then I could say, I prefer one way or another --  But it is definitely on my AUTUMN TO DO LIST !

I would use only red and green bells, of course traditional violet  aubergines  and zucchine verses other types of squash (not fond of ) and no mushrooms ..  

Definitely the rest I would follow and use local Basque Red Esplette Chili Peppers.  


Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.

Posted By: Steve39
Date Posted: 15 August 2019 at 01:59
The idea is very interesting, probably should try it this week! I had no chance to cook something like this recently because of the lack of good grill, but our friends gifted us one two month ago and it is a great chance to try it. Wanna say that this grill looks pretty modern. If you are wondering  http:// - wher to find best weber charcoal grill you may check the website above and read some reviews about modern kitchen appliances. Hope it helps!  Smile

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