Baby cos wedges with apple vinegar–mint dressing

Baby cos wedges with apple vinegar–mint dressing

Kahoo sekanjebeen

By
From
Saraban
Serves
6
Photographer
Mark Roper

Utterly simple; utterly brilliant. Crisp little lettuces served with a sweetly sour and minty dressing for drizzling or dipping are blissfully reviving on a baking hot summer’s day. The dressing is based on sekanjebeen, an ancient Persian sherbet recipe, which is most often diluted with chilled water and ice to make a refreshing summer cordial. Cut the baby lettuces into wedges or, if you prefer, separate the leaves out and arrange them artfully on a platter.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 baby cos lettuce

Apple vinegar–mint dressing

Quantity Ingredient
175g caster sugar
250ml water
80ml apple vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
12 sprigs mint

Method

  1. To make the dressing, combine the sugar and water in a small heavy-based saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves, then increase the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, lemon juice and mint leaves and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. When cold, fish out the mint leaves, then transfer the dressing to a jar with a lid and refrigerate
  2. Leaving them whole, remove any blemished outer leaves from the lettuce and trim their bottoms neatly. Wash each lettuce thoroughly, then sit them upside-down in a deep bowl or saucepan so they fit snugly. Fill with cold water, two-thirds of the way up the lettuce, and leave for 10 minutes, then drain. Shake the lettuce thoroughly, then sit them in the same bowl, lined with a tea towel, to drain for 10 minutes. Wrap loosely in a damp tea towel and refrigerate until ready to eat. You can do this up to a few hours ahead of time for a supercrisp result.
  3. To serve, cut each lettuce lengthwise into 4 wedges, keeping each wedge intact at the bottom. Serve with a bowl of the dressing for everyone to dunk into or drizzle on to taste. Alternatively, separate the leaves out and arrange them on a platter before drizzling over the dressing.
Tags:
Saraban
Malouf
Greg
Lucy
Iran
Iranian
Middle Eastern
Persian
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