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Roasted Vegetable Medley with Pecorino Toscano Recipe

Roasted Vegetable Medley with Pecorino Toscano Recipe

Roasted Vegetable Medley with Pecorino Toscano Recipe

(mosaico di verdure con pecorino toscano)

Preparation time : 1 hour and 30 minutes + 20 minutes cooking time

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • eggplant 1/2 lb (250 g) about 1 small
  • zucchini 7 oz (200 g) about 1 medium
  • yellow bell pepper 7 oz (200 g) about 1 large
  • red bell pepper 7 oz (200 g) about 1 large
  • carrots 53/5 oz (160 g) about 2 small
  • red onions, preferably Tropea 51/oz (150 g) about 2 small
  • vine-ripened tomatoes 41/5 oz (120 g) about 11/2 small
  • Pecorino Toscano cheese, plus more for serving 31/2 oz (100 g)
  • extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Tuscan 3 tbsp + 2 tsp (50 ml)
  • basil to taste
  • salt to taste

Method :

  1. Wash and slice the eggplant, carrots, onion and zucchini. Cut the tomatoes into wedges.
  2. Grill the peppers whole, directly on a medium-high flame until charred all over and tender. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 15 minutes. Peel the skin from the peppers, remove the stem and seeds, then cut into wide strips. Put in a large bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, grill the sliced vegetables until browned and tender. Add them to the bowl with the peppers and toss with the olive oil, a pinch of salt and the hand-torn basil. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Arrange the vegetables in the center of a serving plate. Top with grated Pecorino flakes and drizzle with the olive oil.

The colors of food

High gastronomy in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Italian Baroque period assigned great importance to an element that, has only recently been taken into consideration again – the visual presentation of a dish. But in the Middle Ages, it wasn’t just a matter of simple aesthetics. Colors actually had very specific symbolic meanings, and even in a culinary context they were a means to a particular end. Colors were incorporated through the use of ingredients with naturally bold colors and the addition of precious spices (like saffron) or artificial dyes. Regarding the symbolic meaning of various colors, white was associated with purity and balance. Red was a symbol of strength, instinct and carnality. Blue was associated with mysticism and ascension. And finally, yellow was the irrefutable king of aristocratic life in the past. As the color of gold and sunlight, it was considered a genuine terrestrial manifestation of the divine.