Aubergine, halloumi & sweet pepper shish kebab

Quick and easy veggie kebab either cooked on the grill or barbecue seasoned with a Shish spice blend and accompanied by za'atar flatbreads and harissa yoghurt.

Difficulty level: 2/5

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Recipe serves 2-3 people.

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients for 3 Shish kebabs; 1 x large aubergine, 2 x sweet peppers (we used 1 green & 1 red in this recipe), 1 x 225 gr pack halloumi, 6 tsp shish blend, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 4 tbsp olive oil. 

Ingredients for Za'atar flatbreads; 200 gr plain flour, pinch of salt, 110 ml water, 1 tbsp olive oil, 4 tsp za'atar blend.

Ingredients for Harissa yoghurt; 100 gr yoghurt, 1 sprig of fresh mint, 1 tsp harissa blend. 

METHOD - Prepare flatbreads

Begin by making the dough for the flatbreads so you can set them aside for 30 mins while you do everything else. Mix flour, water & salt in a mixing bowl and knead the dough for 10 mins. Leave the dough in the mixing bowl and cover with a damp cloth and put to one side. 

METHOD - Marinate veggie kebabs

Chop the aubergine, sweet peppers & halloumi into 2cm chunks and place in a mixing bowl. Mix 6 tsp shish blend, 1 tbsp tomato paste & 4 tbsp olive oil then stir into a paste. If you prefer a runnier marinade, add water to the mix to reach your desired consistency. Add the marinade to the mixing bowl taking care when coating the halloumi so it doesn't break. Set side to marinate while you prepare the harissa yoghurt and switch on the grill or bbq. 

METHOD - Prepare harissa yoghurt

This takes 2 mins; add 100 ml yoghurt to a small bowl or ramekin and stir in 1 tsp of harissa blend. Finely chop the leaves from 1 sprig of mint and stir into the yoghurt.  

METHOD - Grill vegetable kebabs

Now add the marinated vegetables and cheese on to skewers and place on the bbq or under the grill. Cook on a low heat with the grill or bbq closed for 10 mins. Open the grill or bbq and increase the heat cooking for 3-4 mins on each side. 

METHOD - Pan fry flatbreads

Break the dough into small plum sized pieces and sprinkle flour on to your work surface. Roll out the small dough balls into thin circular flat breads. Heat the frying pan on a medium to high heat and cook each of the flat breads one by one. There is no need to use olive oil in the pan when cooking the flat breads.

METHOD - Plating up & finishing touches

Pull the halloumi and vegetables off the skewers with a fork on to plates ready for serving and drizzle with harissa yoghurt. Add olive oil to the flatbreads and sprinkle za'atar to taste.