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Tomato & Avocado Towers

  • 3 avocados - chopped
  • 6 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 6 spring onions - thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli - finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful fresh basil - chopped

Tomato sauce

  • 1 x 400 (14oz) can tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small red chilli

To garnish

  • 4 slices of very thinly cut toast, or store-bought Melba toast
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Handful fresh parsley - chopped small

Method

  1. Put chopped tomatoes, basil, and chilli in a bowl and mix well. In another bowl, chop the avocados with the lemon juice and add sliced spring onions. Mix well.
  2. To make the tomato sauce, place all three ingredients in a blender or food processor and whiz until smooth. Leave aside in a bowl.
  3. Make one tower per person. If you don't have a professional serving ring you can make your own by cutting the top and bottom off a 400g tin/can to use as a frame. Place serving ring/tin in the middle of each dining plate and spoon in a layer of the avocado mix then the tomato mix. Lift the ring off - carefully! - leaving a tower.
  4. Spoon the tomato sauce around each tower. Top the tower with a quarter of toast and drizzle with a little sesame oil. Sprinkle with a little parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Makes a sophisticated, Saturday night dinner party starter, followed by asparagus risotto and Asian summer pudding.

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