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Italian Grilled Vegetable Stacks x The Delightful Cook


3 large eggplants, cut into 1 cm thick rounds

3 red capsicums (red peppers), halve each capsicum, stalks removed & seeds discarded

2 fresh mozzarella balls cut into slices

1 large bunch of fresh basil leaves

Sea salt & pepper to season

Chili Basil Oil

3 handfuls fresh basil leaves roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp chili flakes

Sea salt & pepper to season


1. Preheat the oven to 180c & prepare the chili basil oil. Place all the ingredients into a jar, shake well & set aside.

2. Place capsicum onto baking trays, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt & bake for 35 - 40mins. Once cooked, transfer to a heatproof bowl & cover with plastic wrap for 10 mins. Peel, discard skin & drain excess water from capsicum & set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, tear capsicums into rough strips.

3. Lay your eggplant slices flat on a chopping board, sprinkle with a little salt & set aside for 15 mins. Preheat a griddle pan on medium heat. Place the eggplant directly on the grill & cook on each side for 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining eggplant rounds and once cooked set aside.

4. To assemble each stack, lay a piece of eggplant on a plate. Add 2 strips of capsicum, a slice of mozzarella & 2-3 basil leaves. Drizzle 1 tsp of the chili basil oil over the top. Repeat the process one more time & finish with an eggplant slice on top. Drizzle each of the stacks with a decent amount of chili basil oil & serve.

5. Enjoy!

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