Vegetable Terrine


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Home Made

By Yvette van Boven

Published 2011

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Vegetables can be kept for a long time when preserved in oil. By applying pressure the moisture is pressed out and you are left with flavour. A perfect appetiser for approx. 10 people and served with leftovers for a tasty lunch.


For the terrine

  • 3–4 eggplants (aubergines)
  • 2–3 zucchinis (courgettes)
  • 500 g (1 lb) roasted red capsicums (bell peppers), if you roast them yourself you will need 2–3 generous splash of good olive oil

For the basil oil

  • approx. 350 ml (approx 12 fl oz/ cups) olive oil
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of ½ lemon

For the cottage cheese

  • 2 tbsp chives
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tbsp dill
  • 300 g (10 oz/1 cup) low fat cottage cheese
  • freshly ground pepper and salt


Cut all vegetables as thinly as possible on a mandolin or with a large sharp knife. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Grease 1 or 2 baking sheets with olive oil, rub with salt and pepper and cover with the eggplant slices. Trickle olive oil on the eggplants and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 8–10 minutes until done. Repeat this process until all eggplant slices are baked.

Make the basil oil: blitz all ingredients using a hand blender in a tall container. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Generously cover an oblong cake tin with plastic wrap allowing the edges to hang over the rim. Then cover the tin with a layer of eggplant slices: arrange them overlapping in the tin. Continue to fill the tin with layers of raw zucchini and roasted capsicums. Every three layers, cover with a dash of basil oil. End with a layer of eggplant. Fold the plastic wrap closed over the terrine. Place something heavy (tins, carton of milk) on the terrine and place in a deep bowl, to prevent leaking, for at least one day in the refrigerator.

Make the cottage cheese with herbs immediately before serving: finely chop all spices, stir through the cottage cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the vegetable terrine from the refrigerator. Thoroughly drain all oil. Open the plastic wrap at the top. Cover with a plate and transfer the terrine by turning it over onto the plate. Be careful, since moisture will be released from the dressing and vegetables. Pat the plate dry with kitchen paper. Cut the vegetable terrine into thick slices (use a sharp knife!) and serve with a dollop of cottage cheese with herbs.