Pan Fried Celery Root, Potato, and Goat Cheese Terrine

1 large eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
 1 1/4 pound celery root, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 large russet potato, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
olive oil (for brushing vegetables)
2 large red bell peppers
7 ounces fresh goat cheese (such as montrachet), cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
12 large fresh basil leaves
7 ounces ball drained fresh water packed mozzarella, cut 1/4 inch thick slices (regular mozzarella can be substituted.)

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Arrange eggplant, celery root and potato separately in single layer on 3 nonstick baking sheets. Brush both sides of vegetables with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Working in batches, bake until vegetables are tender, and celery root and potato are pale golden, about 6 minutes for eggplant, 10 minutes for celery root, and 14 minutes for potato. Transfer vegetables to separate small bowls. Cool completely.

Char red bell peppers over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag; let stand 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Quarter peppers lengthwise.

Place 12x12-inch foil sheet on work surface. Arrange half of potato slices over foil, forming 9x9-inch square. Arrange half of celery root slices over potato slices. Arrange half of eggplant slices over celery root slices. Arrange basil leaves over eggplant. Repeat layering with goat cheese, mozzarella and red peppers. Press firmly to compress layers. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, celery root, then potato slices. Using foil as aid, carefully roll up terrine as for jelly roll.

Wrap terrine in additional foil. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Refrigerate.) Freeze terrine until firm on edges but not frozen through, about 2 hours. Slice terrine into eight 1-inch-thick slices (do not remove foil). Transfer slices to baking sheet and freeze 10 minutes. Lightly coat cut sides of terrine slices with flour. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add slices and cook until vegetables are heated through and cheese begins to melt, about 2 minutes per side. Remove foil from slices. Arrange slices on plates and serve.

Serves 8



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