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Verrine Tricolore a Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Starter

In 1994, pastry chef Philippe Conticini introduced verrines to customers. His concept was to serving the food vertically instead of horizontally. Verrine comes from the French word verre (glass). Verrine appetisers and desserts remain popular in France. The idea of layering flavours and textures in a small glass vessel is visually appealing. Think of this recipe as a savoury parfait starter to serve with drinks or as the first course. I make this Verrine Tricolore with two different coloured bell peppers and fresh goat cheese.

Verrine Tricolore Bell Pepper Goat Cheese

Verrine Tricolore

This starter course is easy to make, you just need to make sure you have enough time to allow the three mixtures (layers) to cool properly so you can layer. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Red Peppers
  • 3 Yellow Peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • a few drops of olive oil
  • a good handful of basil leaves
  • 200 g (6 oz) Goat cheese very fresh
  • 10 cl (3.3 oz) Cream
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200 C/400 F
  • Halve and clean the peppers, roast them in the oven cut side down until they are black and blistered (approx. 40 min).
  • Transfer peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic and let cool.
  • Once they are cool enough to handle, take off the skins, then finely mix the peppers with an immersion blender, separated by colors with a few drops of olive oil, some salt and pepper and 1 minced garlic clove each.
  • Chill both mixes.
  • Mix the goat cheese with the cream and the basil leaves to a creamy consistency. Leave to chill.
  • Very carefully layer the different mixtures into a shotglass, taking care that the cheese mix goes on top as it has a different density to the pepper creams which are thicker and can « hold » the cream mixture.
    Verrine Tricolore Bell Pepper Goat Cheese
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Barbara Schuerenberg

Barbara Schuerenberg

Barbara Schuerenberg says, “I always joke that I learned to cook out of self-defence as our mother was a terrible cook.” Clearly, she was successful in that pursuit as she ran a cooking school called Cuisine de Provence (closed in 2020) in Vaison la Romaine. Look for "Tastes of Provence" from Barbara's kitchen in our recipes section.

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