Roasted Lebanese Vegetables, Lamb Kofta and Aubergine Sauce

5 Portions
1 hr 15 min

I am completely and utterly obsessed with vegetables. I love them, there's not a vegetable I'm not a fan of, whether it's a fresh tomato in a salsa, a roasted cauliflower or a sweet pickled cucumber, veggies are awesome! And in an effort to try and get more veggies into my diet I've been trying to make them the focus on the plate. Now, when I cook I've also got some people who can't live without meat so this time around I've used the lamb koftas to really add the meatiness they wanted, but without taking the focus away from the veggies! And talking of adding veggies in unexpectedly, there's an aubergine (eggplant) sauce here that you really wouldn't expect has a big hit of aubergine in, it just adds subtle sweetness and smokiness to the sauce! Delicious!

Play around with your veggies in here, it's a great way to get kids to eat more veg

Roasted aubergine makes the perfect accompaniment when added into this sauce, it looks unappetising but adds a great smokiness to the dish

Roasted Lebanese Vegetables, Lamb Kofta and Aubergine Sauce

Recipe details

  • 5  Portions
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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Ingredients

For the roasted veggies

  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 10 small shallots
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Ras el hanout
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Aubergine sauce

  • 1 aubergine
  • 200ml natural yoghurt or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Cumin
  • Chilli flake
  • Smoked sea salt
  • Black pepper

Lamb kofta

  • 300g lamb mince
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Mint
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

Veggies

Preheat oven to has mark 7, 220c, 425f
Cube and portion all your veggies, into bite sized pieces, it's okay if some are slightly larger than others
Coat in the olive oil, then coat in spice mix and toss until thoroughly coated
Place into large roasting tray and into oven until knife pierces flesh of both cauli and butternut squash

Kofta

Place all ingredients into large bowl and mix by hand until completely combined, all ingredients are to taste and you can always add other things too
Shape into long sausages, or balls, and cook either in skillet or under grill until cooked through, leave to one side

Aubergine sauce

Take aubergine and place onto wire rack
Place wire rack over flame and allow to completely char outside, swapping sides every 5 minutes, remove after 20 total
Cut aubergine in half lengthways and then scoop out innards, it's okay if some skin comes with it, discard rest of skin
In a bowl mix all ingredients and blend into fine paste, this mixture should be almost like a Greek yoghurt texture due to the aubergine

Finishing

For the last 2 - 3 minutes of veg cooking add koftas on top to reheat
Spoon veg onto plate, then sauce then koftas.
To garnish, you can use coriander leaves, mint leaves, pomegranate, it's completely up to you

Tips

  • A lot of this is free form as it's all about your taste, stay with the same basic flavours and you'll be great
  • You could remove the aubergine and add mint, to make a punchy mint sauce
  • If you've not got a flame for your aubergine, roasting it in the oven until it looks like it's collapsed also works

Jonny Stewart
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