tunisian-style grilled vegetables

ingredients

vinaigrette

2 tsp coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBSP chopped fresh mint
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 TBSP lemon juice
salt

vegetables

2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 green)
1 small eggplant, halved lengthwise
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise
4 plum tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise
salt and pepper
2 medium shallots, unpeeled

preparation

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE:

Grind coriander seeds, caraway seeds, and cumin seeds in spice grinder until finely ground. Whisk ground spices, oil, paprika, and cayenne together in bowl. reserve 3 TBSP oil mixture. Heat remaining mixture and garlic in small skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and small bubbles appear, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and let cool, about 10 minutes. Whisk parsley, cilantro, mint, and lemon zest and juice into oil mixture; season with salt to taste.

FOR THE VEGETABLES:

Slice 1/4 inch off tops and bottoms of bell peppers and remove cores. Make slit down 1 side of each bell pepper and then press flat into 1 long strip, removing ribs and remaining seeds with knife as needed. Using sharp knife, cut slits in flesh of eggplant and zucchini, spaced 1/2 inch apart, in crosshatch pattern, being careful to cut down to but not through skin. Brush cut sides of bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes with reserved oil mixture and season with salt to taste.

Grill vegetables, starting with cut sides down, over medium-hot fire, until tender and well browned and skins of bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and shallots are charred, 8 to 16  minutes, turning an moving vegetables as necessary. Transfer vegetables to baking sheet as they are done. Place bell peppers in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let steam to loosen skins.

When cool enough to handle, peel bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and shallots. Chop all vegetables into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to bowl with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve warm or at room temperature.

nutritional information: not available

 
yield: 4-6 servings (serving size: 1 side portion)
time: 30-45 min
source: Cooks Illustrated, #123, p. 14

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