Provençal Sandwiches with Roasted Garlic Paste
Preparation & Cooking Time: Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 54 minutes to 1¼ hours
Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae
- 1 medium head garlic
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise, seeded and coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 12 leaves fresh basil
- 2 anchovy fillets (oil packed), drained
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small globe eggplant
- 1 medium red bell pepper
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 French rolls, split
- 4 leaves red leaf lettuce
- 3 ounces fresh goat cheese, sliced
Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
Remove the loose, papery outer skin from a head of garlic and cut off the head to expose the cloves. Drizzle the oil over the cloves. Replace the top and place on a large square of aluminum foil. Fold up the sides and seal to make a packet, leaving a little room for the expansion of steam.
Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the garlic packet over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the cloves are soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the garlic from the grill and allow to cool. Unwrap the foil and squeeze out the cloves into a food processor. Add the remaining paste ingredients and process until smooth.
Cut the eggplant crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices. Halve the bell peppers lengthwise. Remove the stems, core, and seeds and flatten the peppers with the palm of your hand. Lightly brush the eggplant and bell peppers with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible,until tender but not limp, turning once. The eggplant will take 8 to 10 minutes and the bell peppers will take 6 to 8 minutes.
Just before serving, grill the rolls, cut sides down, over direct medium heat until toasted, about 30 seconds. Brush the inside of the rolls with the garlic paste and layer with the grilled vegetables, lettuce, and goat cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature.