Aubergine Steaks with Peperonata Salsa Recipe

Team aubergine steaks with sweet peperonata salsa for the perfect vegan barbecue recipe. Ready in less than half an hour, it'll give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy a cool drink in the sun.

Serves 4 - 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook - 454 calories / serving

2 large aubergines, trimmed
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 large, red sweet pointed peppers, deseeded and chopped
150g (5oz) cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
small handful basil leaves, shredded

To serve

50-75g (2oz) orzo pasta
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zested
5 tbsp basil, chopped

Slice each aubergine in half from stalk to base. Brush the cut surfaces with 2 tbsp olive oil. Put a griddle pan over a medium heat, if using the hob, or make sure the coals of a barbecue are white hot with no trace of flame remaining. Add the aubergine halves to the pan or directly to the metal bars over the barbecue coals, cut sides down. Cook for about 4 minutes until well marked, then turn over and cook on the other side for a further 4 minutes. Repeat, cooking on both sides again for 2-3 minutes each until softened. Transfer to a platter, season lightly and keep warm.

Meanwhile, put the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and set over a medium heat. Add the red onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 6-8 minutes until soft and turning golden.

Stir in the peppers and cook for 5 minutes, then add the cherry tomatoes and garlic, turning the heat up to medium-high. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, add the sugar and vinegar and cook for a further 2 minutes. 

Remove from the heat, season to taste and stir in most of the basil, reserving a little for garnish.

Spoon the peperonata over the aubergine and top with the reserved basil. Serve with orzo, cooked to packet instructions, tossed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest and extra chopped basil.

Recipe courtesy of Tesco 
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