Starters & Light meals

Tempura cherry tomatoes, miso onion puree and gorgonzola cream

25 minutes
30 minutes
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Joostenberg Fairhead 2009

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  • 220 g cherry tomatoes
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Wild rocket leaves, to garnish
  • For the tempura batter:
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • Ice cubes
  • 150 g tempura flour
  • For the Gorgonzola cream:
  • 50 g Gorgonzola
  • ¾ cup cream
  • Fresh thyme, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • For the miso onion purée:
  • 1 onion, shredded
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T white miso paste
  • ½ cup Hanepoot

Roll the tomatoes in the flour, then dip in the batter. Deep-fry in hot oil for 1 to 2 minutes or until pale golden.

Smear the onion purée on each plate and top with the tomatoes. Serve drizzled with the Gorgonzola cream and garnished with wild rocket.

To make the tempura batter, mix the water and egg yolk with a few ice cubes. When cool, remove the ice cubes.

Put the flour into a bowl and add the cold-water mixture in a thin trickle stirring with your fingertips to create a slightly lumpy batter with the consistency of oil.

To make the miso onion purée, fry the onion in the butter and, when golden, add the miso paste. Stir, then add the Hanepoot, reduce the heat and cook gently until the liquid has almost evaporated – the onions should be soft and sweet. B

lend to a smooth paste and allow to cool.

To make the Gorgonzola cream, put all the ingredients into a saucepan and boil until lightly thickened. Strain.

Luke Dale-Roberts

Recipe by: Luke Dale-Roberts

Considered a foodie visionary by most, Luke Dale-Roberts is the mastermind behind SA's number one restaurant, The Test Kitchen, as well as The Pot Luck Club.

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