Shish spiced cauliflower fritters, butternut squash and aubergine, served with a crunchy fresh salad with lemon juice
This is a simplified Palestinian recipe of 3 veggie sides to make a delicious mezze.
Difficulty level: 4/5
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1hr
Recipe serves 2-3 people
1 large cauliflower, 30g parsley, 2 eggs, 120g flour, 6 tsp shish blend, 30g chopped parsley, 2- 3 tbs olive oil for frying fritters
2-3 tbs olive oil, 1 medium butternut squash, 2 medium aubergines cut in half, whole head of garlic, 75g tahini, juice of 1 lemon, 1 sprig fresh mint.
1 whole cucumber, 4 largish tomatoes, 1 red pepper, 2 green chilies, 5 spring onions, 1 clove garlic, 30g parsley, leaves from 5 sprigs of mint.
METHOD - Butternut squash and aubergines
Cut butternut squash in half scrape out seeds, chop off top of garlic - season both with salt, pepper and rub over with olive oil. Tightly seal garlic in foil and bake both on a baking tray in a hot oven for 50 minutes. 190degrees.
Charred aubergines give a lovely smokey flavour to the dish but it ain’t easy to do! Put both aubergines directly onto 2 different gas hobs and cook for 15 mins taking care not to burn. Or if you don’t have a gas hob cook on a hot griddle pan for 40 mins turning every now and then until cooked through.
Leave to one side to cool down then scrape out the squash & squeeze the inside of garlic into mixing bowl. Roughly chop the aubergines and mint, add to bowl with the lemon juice and tahini and combine everything together.
METHOD - Salad
Chop tomatoes, cucumber and red pepper into small cubes and place in a bowl. Add finely chopped parsley, mint leaves, spring onions and chillies and then add grated zest and juice of one lemon. Carefully combine all ingredients.
METHOD - Cauliflower fritters
Cut up cauliflower into florets add to a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and save a cup of the cooking water. Meanwhile make the fritter batter - sift flour into a mixing bowl and add the shish blend. Whip the eggs and cooled water and add slowly to the flour mixture stirring well to make a smooth batter then carefully spoon in the cauliflower and parsley. Heat oil in a frying pan and place rounded spoonful of batter mix into pan and fry for 2-3 mins on each side. You may need to do 2 batches depending on size of the frying pan.
METHOD - Planting up
Dish up the three separate components to each plate and serve.