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Mixed Grilled Vegetable Tapas

If there is one thing in life I’ve grown to love it’s grilled vegetables! I love grilled vegetables! Now that it’s much warmer out we probably grill vegetables once a week! So I as soon as I saw this recipe on the Tapeña® site I knew I had to make these. I like to use mini bell peppers, but large bell peppers work as well. This was our first time grilling eggplant. Next time I’d cut them much thicker and brush a better coat of olive oil on them. I never make a “sauce” to pour on the vegetables, but this complimented it well! 

Source: Tapeña® wine website
Prep: 20 mintues
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Serves 8-10
Pair with Tapeña Tempranillo

4 small zucchini, sliced diagonally into 1/2” thick slices 
5 slender eggplants, sliced diagonally across the width 
3 red, green, orange or yellow bell peppers 
2 small onions, halved
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
2 cloves garlic, minced and salted 
1/2 tsp paprika 
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. If using a charcoal grill, start the coals and get the grill heated. Or if using a gas grill wait until zucchini and eggplant have been layered to dry. Lightly salt the zucchini and eggplant slices. Layer the salted slices on double thickness of paper towels, so they are lying flat, adding layers of paper towels as needed. Finish layering by covering with a double thickness of paper towels and press flat with the bottom of a heavy pan or platter to squeeze out the moisture. Let the eggplant and zucchini rest for 15 minutes

2. Brush zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and onion with oil. Grill the vegetables for 3 – 8 minutes until done.

3. Core and seed the peppers and cut into thick slices. Cut the eggplant, zucchini and onion into 1” thick slices. Arrange the sliced vegetables on a platter.

4. Whisk olive oil, paprika and garlic and drizzle over the vegetables. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crusty bread slices.

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