Charred Bell Peppers with Eggplant and Tomato

I found this recipe in the food-allergy magazine Living Without. It was an experiment, but a tasty one! Definitely for the vegetarians out there who are looking for a new dish. I used a large stove-top griddle to cook everything (since I don’t know how to work the outdoor grill without my dad), but I think everything turned out well. Just make sure to eat everything hot!


4 red or orange bell peppers

1 large eggplant

olive oil

8 plum tomatoes, halved or 20 cherry tomatoes, halved

sea salt

1 tablespoon sugar

freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup basil leaves

balsamic vinegar and extra virgin lemon-infused olive oil, for drizzling


1. Char whole bell peppers on a preheated barbecue grill or over the direct flame of a gas stove. Transfer to a plate when done. When cool, remove all the charred skin. Cut bell peppers in half through the stalks and carefully cut out seeds and seed castings, leaving stalks intact to hold the peppers together. (OR, like me, you could just de-seed the peppers, cut them into strips, and heat them on a stove-top griddle…)

2. Cut the eggplant lengthwise into long, thin slices. Put a little oil on a large plate and dunk slices of eggplant in the oil. (Caution: don’t slice too thinly)

3. Cook the eggplant on a barbecue grill over medium-high heat (or on a stove-top griddle) until tender and deep golden. Transfer the eggplant slices to a clean plate and season with salt.

4. Cut tomatoes in half. Sprinkle cut sides with sea salt, sugar, and pepper.

5. Immediately cook tomatoes, season side down, on the griddle for several minutes, until golden and just starting to blacken. Transfer tomatoes to a large plate.

6. Top pepper halves with eggplant (or eggplant with pepper slices), grilled tomatoes, and basil leaves. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


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Categories: Main dish, Season: Summer, Side dish


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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