Smashed tomatoes with semi-roasted tomato dressing and salmoriglio
( SERVES 6 )
Photo by Tamara West
Simply serve very ripe tomatoes on bruschetta or slice thinly and serve with the sauces as a side dish with beef, lamb or fish steaks. The salmoriglio can be brushed on the fish steaks before cooking. Brown the fish steaks quickly on both sides, then brush with salmoriglio.
Semi-roasted tomato dressing
Salmoriglio (oregano sauce)
|¼ cup||Lemon juice|
|2||Garlic cloves, crushed, use more if required.|
|¼ tsp||Freshly ground black pepper|
|1 Tbsp||Fresh oregano, roughly chopped, use more if required|
|¼ cup||Extra virgin olive oil|
- For the semi-roasted tomato dressing: Place tomatoes and garlic in a food processor and process until roughly chopped. Add vinegar and oil and process until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour into a clean jar and keep in the refrigerator.
- For the salmoriglio (oregano sauce): in a small bowl, place the lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Beat with a fork until well combined then add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream, beating well with the fork as you go to achieve a thick sauce. (A mortar and pestle or mini food processor works well here too). If sauce is too tart add more salt and/or oil.
- For the bruschetta: preheat the grill. Grill the ciabatta slices until golden, then rub each slice all over with garlic.
- Squeeze the cut side of the tomatoes over grilled ciabatta slices, skin and all (or chop or slice very thinly). Drizzle with the sauce of your choice or both and serve.