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Tomato and Pluot Concassé with Black Garlic

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  • Author: Alisha Randell
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This dish serves well as either and entrée for a multi-course meal, or as an slightly elegant accompaniment side to any main dish.


  • For the concassé:
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 3 ripe pluots
  • Large stock pot
  • Ice bath
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 Tbs (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 34 cloves black garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbs (30 ml)cream sherry
  • a pinch ground white pepper
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 23 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Small bunch fresh chives, chopped
  • Sauté pan
  • For the pasta:
  • 6 oz (170 g)fresh linguine, or pasta of choice
  • 1/2 fresh lemon, quartered
  • Olive oil for drizzle, salt and pepper to taste


  1. Begin by removing any stems from your tomatoes and pluots. Place tomatoes and pluots bottom side up on a cutting board. Score the bottom of each with a sharp pairing knife to just below the skins in an X pattern.
  2. Bring a large stock pot of water to a rapid boil. In the meantime you can set up your ice bath by placing a large bowl filled with ice water within easy reach of your cooking station.
  3. If you are using various sizes, ripeness or types of fruits, it is best to blanch them separably. For example we have our tomatoes here all of a similar ripeness and size, so we will start with these. Gently place your tomatoes in the boiling water from 10-30 seconds depending on ripeness. You will begin to see your X on the fruits start to deepen or the skin begin to loosen just slightly when the are ready.
  4. Next you will want to immediately submerge them into the ice bath then set aside. Now repeat this process with your pluots. Note that they should require less time than the tomatoes being they have a thinner skin.
  5. Now we are ready to remove the skins from our fruits by simply grabbing the cut edges and gently sliding the skins off.
  6. For the tomatoes you can now cut them into quarters then remove the core area and seeds. For the pluots or any stone fruits simply slice each side up to the pit area, then do the same on remaining edge pieces. Now you can simply roughly chop them and set aside.
  7. In a heated sauté pan on a medium/high heat add oil and shallot, gently cooking until just golden. Now add your black garlic, gently moving it around in the pan for just a moment or so to get the flavors working. Reduce heat to medium, adding herbs and sherry, continuing to sauté for about 10 minutes.
  8. Now prepare your pasta. If you are using fresh pasta merely bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place pasta into the boiling water and cook on high for 5-6 minutes for al dente.
  9. Now gently fold your tomatoes and pluots into your sauce until just incorporated.
  10. To serve I placed the tomato and pluot concassé into individual mini cast iron skillets and arranged the pasted into their own mini cast iron baking dishes.
  11. Then drizzle the pasta with a bit of olive oil and and squeeze of fresh lemon. Note: I find it best with this dish to allow each person the salt and pepper at their own taste.


If you have never prepared a dish concassé style, the primary thing to watch for is the blanching time. We are not trying to cook our ingredients here but rather wanting to enhance the raw fruits as well as simplify the peeling process.

On another note, you can prepare your concassé ahead of time or the day before and keep chilled.

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
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