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Roasted Aubergine Focaccia Sandwich

What makes the ultimate sandwich? First there is the bread. On an all-natural diet, it’s pretty much gotta be homemade (or from your trusted local bakery). The Sourdough Focaccia is the perfect balance between a soft bun and a hearty Country Loaf.

Then there’s the filling. A fresh & crunchy chopped salad, a smooth & rich tahini dressing and a tangy green sauce together with the roasted aubergine and a sprinkle of dukkah give you all the different textures and an explosion of bright flavours with every single mouthful. And the best part? It’s naturally vegan. No meat replacers with a mile-long ingredient list, no dairy-free butter or emulsified soy mozzarella. No nasties. Just a natural sandwich that hits all the spots big time. The way good food should be, always.

Ingredients

serves 2

  • 2 roasted aubergines

  • 50g tahini

  • 2 tbsp lemon

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 30g coriander, leaves picked

  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cucumber, diced

  • 1 shallot, sliced

  • 20g mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp Homemade Dukkah

  • 2 large slices of Homemade Focaccia

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 220 °C (200 °C fan)

Cut the aubergines into thick slices, spread them out on a parchment-lined baking tray and drizzle generously with olive oil and 1/3 tsp salt on each side. Roast for 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden.

To make the tahini dressing, stir together the tahini and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and a splash of water. If it’s too thick, keep adding splashes of water until you can drizzle the tahini from the spoon. If it’s too thin, add more tahini, always balancing it with lemon juice.

Make a green sauce by bashing a garlic clove with 1/3 of salt in a pestle & mortar. Add the leaves of the coriander and continue pounding. Once broken down into a paste add the extra virgin olive oil and the red wine vinegar. It should be runny enough that you can drizzle it from a spoon so add more oil if needed.

Add the cherry tomatoes, the cucumber, the shallot, the mint leaves and the lemon juice into a bowl and toss together along with 1/3 tsp salt.

Cut the focaccia slices in half and grill in a griddle pan until charred. Then build your sandwich. Start with the green sauce followed by a few aubergine slices, the salad, the tahini dressing, a few more aubergine slices and a bit more green sauce. Close the sandwich and enjoy.

Roasted Aubergine Focaccia Sandwich

What makes the ultimate sandwich? First there is the bread. On an all-natural diet, it’s pretty much gotta be homemade (or from your trusted local bakery). The Sourdough Focaccia is the perfect balance between a soft bun and a hearty Country Loaf.
Active Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 roasted aubergines
  • 50 g tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30 g coriander, leaves picked
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut into dices
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 20 g mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (homemade) Dukkah
  • 2 large slices of Homemade Focaccia

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220 °C (200 °C fan)
  • Cut the aubergines into thick slices, spread them out on a parchment-lined baking tray and drizzle generously with olive oil and 1/3 tsp salt on each side. Roast for 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden.
  • To make the tahini dressing, stir together the tahini and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and a splash of water. If it’s too thick, keep adding splashes of water until you can drizzle the tahini from the spoon. If it’s too thin, add more tahini, always balancing it with lemon juice.
  • Make a green sauce by bashing a garlic clove with 1/3 of salt in a pestle & mortar. Add the leaves of the coriander and continue pounding. Once broken down into a paste add the extra virgin olive oil and the red wine vinegar. It should be runny enough that you can drizzle it from a spoon so add more oil if needed.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, the cucumber, the shallot, the mint leaves and the lemon juice into a bowl and toss together along with 1/3 tsp salt.
  • Cut the focaccia slices in half and grill in a griddle pan until charred. Then build your sandwich. Start with the green sauce followed by a few aubergine slices, the salad, the tahini dressing, a few more aubergine slices and a bit more green sauce. Close the sandwich and enjoy.
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