Grilled lettuce with goats' cheese

Less than 30 mins preparation time
10 to 30 mins cooking time
Serves 6

 

A great side dish for al fresco lunches. Lettuce usually takes a back seat but, when cooked well, its flavour is worth celebrating on its own.

 

Ingredients

·         6 Little Gem lettuces

·         2 tbsp olive oil

·         salt and freshly ground black pepper

·         250g goats' cheese, or taleggio

·         ¼ lemon

 

Preparation method

1. Cut the lettuces in half leaving the base of the stem intact to hold the leaves together. Brush the lettuces with the olive oil, well-seasoned with salt and pepper.

2. Then place cut side down on a preheated barbecue rack or one of those cast iron griddle pans with raised ridges. Cook for 3-5 minutes. They are ready when the outer leaves are well-charred, striped from the grill and the thick stems are just becoming tender.

3. Arrange the 12 lettuce halves in a dish and lay over thin slices of the cheese. Add a few more twists of pepper and a drizzle of leftover olive oil. Throw in a hot oven or under a grill until the cheese starts to bubble.

4. Serve at once. Two lettuce halves, smothered in bubbling cheese, per person.

 

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