How to make it

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Quarter and core the tomatoes, toss with the garlic and olive oil, and lay out flat in one layer in a roasting pan. Roast in the oven until the center of the tomatoes are hot, about 8-10 minutes. Remove and puree tomatoes and garlic until smooth. Season to taste with cayenne and kosher salt and pass through a fine chinios to remove the seeds and skins. Chill until cold, about 3-4 hours.
  • In a blender, combine the cucumbers, cheese, cream, and lemon. Puree until everything is incorporated. Season to taste with kosher salt (it should be a little on the saltier side) and pass through a fine chinios to remove the solids. Whisk in the lecithin and reserve in a saucier.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the diced cucumber, onion, almonds, croutons, and chives, and sprinkle with a little salt. In a jar, squeeze bottle, or another bowl, combine the oil and the two vinegars. Shake/whisk well to emulsify and add enough to the salad to moisten. Mix well and check for seasoning.
  • To serve, place a circle mold in the middle of a shallow soup bowl. Mound the salad (try to leave as much of the dressing in the mixing bowl as possible) in the mold and press down so that the shape will hold. Place some micro opal basil on the salad and carefully remove the ring mold. Carefully ladle about 6-8 oz. of soup around the salad. Using an immersion blender, foam the cucumber-parmesan liquid and spoon on top of the salad. Serve immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    Super recipe, Chef, and FIVE! :+D
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  • lollya 12 years ago
    sir, you have some amazing ideas. i can't wait to try this one.
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