Take zucchini. Right now, this vegetable isn't just at its peak; it's also abundant and therefore affordable. Zucchini has a hint of an herbaceous flavor and a tender texture.
Make the most of its characteristics by dressing it lightly and charring it on a stick along with grilled eggplant and red bell pepper. For a straightforward Mediterranean supper, serve the kebabs atop orzo pasta, passing feta cheese around during the meal to sprinkle on top. For the recipe, read on.
8 tablespoons purchased Greek-style vinaigrette
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1/2 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch square pieces
3 Japanese eggplants
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Blend vinaigrette and mint in small bowl for dressing. Cook orzo in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite; drain. Return orzo to same pan. Mix in 3 tablespoons dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
- Thread bell pepper, eggplant and zucchini onto 4 metal skewers; brush with dressing. Grill vegetables until tender and just charred, turning and brushing often with dressing, about 12 minutes.
- Divide orzo between 2 plates. Place vegetable skewers atop orzo. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
- Main Dishes, BBQ