Grilled Aubergine Steak with Lemon Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing

10:00 pm on 15 December 2003

Makes 8 Steaks

Ingredients Aubergine Steaks

  • 16 Basil leaves
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 2 medium aubergines cut into 16 x 2 cm thick rounds
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 200gms fresh mozzarella cut into 8 slices
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1tbs fresh marjoram leaves

Ingredients Dressing

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 150mls extra virgin olive oil
  • 30mls balsamic vinegar
  • 2tbsp finely chopped shallot or red onion
  • 2tbsp snipped chives

Method

Lay out 8 slices of aubergine on your work surface and season.

Brush each one with olive oil and top with a basil leaf.

Lay a slice of mozzarella on top of the basil and 2 slices of tomato on top of that and season again.

Place a basil leaf on top, then the remaining slice of aubergine.

Press the sandwiches firmly together.

Brush with olive oil and season once more and sprinkle over marjoram leaves.

Cook on a pre-heated bbq until golden brown (4 to 5 minute each side).

Splash over a little dressing and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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