Summer Harvest Antipasto

Serves: 6 to 8

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At the peak of summer, our produce department at PCC virtually glows with a stunning selection of gorgeous, local veggies. One of my favorite ways to take advantage of this bounty is to gather up all my favorites, prep them as simply as possible, brush them with a garlic-infused olive oil and cook them up on the grill. If you add some peppery olives, silky prosciutto, creamy cheeses and great bread you have a feast!

Ingredients

Preparation

Stir the garlic into the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cut both ends from the eggplant and with a vegetable peeler, remove strips of peel lengthwise, leaving some of the peel on, so that the eggplant has a striped look. Cut the eggplant into 1/2-inch thick slices crosswise.

Remove any dried or discolored outer leaves from the artichoke. Cut into quarters and remove the furry choke inside. Rub all of the surfaces with a cut lemon.

Remove the green stems from the fennel bulb and cut the bulb into 1/4-inch thick slices lengthwise. Stem and seed the bell pepper and cut it into 8 pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch thick slices on a long diagonal. Cut the leek into 1/2-inch thick slices on a long diagonal.

Brush or rub all of the veggies with the seasoned olive oil.

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to high and place the artichokes on the grill. Cover the grill and cook the artichokes for 5 to 7 minutes or until they are nicely golden on one side, basting occasionally with the olive oil. Flip the artichokes. Add the eggplant, leeks and peppers and continue to cook, turning these new additions once, until all are lightly caramelized. (You can brush these lightly with the olive oil as they cook. No need to cover the grill at this point.) Add the zucchini to the grill and cook for about 2 minutes to a side.

Remove all the vegetables to a platter. Scatter with chiffonade basil and accompany with any additional summery items of your choice.

Notes

Some ideas for accompaniment

  • Olives
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Cheeses
  • Bread, crackers or breadsticks
  • Tapenade
  • Hummus
  • Pesto

See A guide to great grilling for more ideas.

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe" show, which aired on July 21, 2012.

Lynne Vea

ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea

Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.

She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.

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