Grilled Eggplant Strips

(recipe from Australian chef Karen Martini)

Ingredients

.   4 large eggplants

.   200ml extra virgin olive oil

.   2-3 small red chillies

.   1-2 tsp sea-salt flakes

.  2 cloves garlic

.  ½ bunch fresh oregano, leaves chopped

.  100ml red wine vinegar

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Grilled Eggplant Strips

Notes

Dressing the eggplant strips while they’re still warm allows them to absorb the maximum amount of flavour.

Method

  • Preheat barbecue hotplate to medium-high or preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Cut eggplants lengthways into 2cm-thick slices. Set aside ½ the oil. Brush a little of the remaining oil on each side of each slice.
  • Add eggplant to hotplate and cook on each side for 5-7 minutes or until charred. Or, if using oven, put eggplant on an oven tray and cook for 15-20 minutes or until soft.
  • Meanwhile, use a large mortar and pestle to grind chillies, salt and garlic until combined. Add oregano and grind until a rough green paste forms. Stir in vinegar and reserved oil.

Cut each eggplant slice lengthways into 3 strips. Put in a large bowl, pour over dressing while eggplant is still hot and gently stir to coat. Serve immediately.

(Ardys note: the leftover pieces were delicious the next day, too!)

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