Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Terrine
2 long, large eggplants, about 2 1/2 lbs.
6 large red bell peppers, about 2 1/2 lbs.
6 T. extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Peel the eggplants and cut in half crosswise. Cut each half, lengthwise, into
long slices about 1/8-inch thick. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and place in
a colander. Place a pot full of water on top to weight down. Let drain in sink
for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash peppers and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove core and seeds,
then place peppers cut side down in a large shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with 3
tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black
pepper. Roast for 50 minutes, until sides are blistered and peppers are soft.
Peel skins from peppers and discard. Reserve all juices from pan. Set aside.
Wash salt off eggplant slices and pat dry. In several batches, cook eggplant in
the remaining oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil at a time
and cook eggplant 2 minutes on each side. Add more oil to the pan and repeat
until you've cooked all the eggplant.
Place reserved pepper juices in bottom of 9 x 5 x 3-inch glass loaf pan.
Beginning with eggplant, make a layer to cover bottom, in slightly overlapping
slices. Add an even layer of peppers, and repeat alternating layers until you've
used up all the eggplant and peppers, ending with a layer of eggplant. Lower
oven temperature to 350°F.
Bake terrine for 30 minutes. Press down firmly with spatula and bake 15 minutes
longer. Remove from oven. Let cool. Cover terrine with plastic wrap and weight
down. Refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours. Unmold and cut into 8 slices.
Serve with any accumulated juices.