Mary Berry's Vegetable Kebabs

Mary Berry's recipe for vegetable kebabs made with cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers and courgettes is simple to make and works well as a delicious side dish. This recipe appears in Mary's BBC 2 series, Quick Cooking.

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Introduction

Cut the vegetables into pieces roughly the same size so they cook at the same rate. Shop-bought pesto is a great store-cupboard standby, but fresh pesto is tastier. Try using a teaspoon of one of the Three Pestos on page 190. These kebabs would be great cooked on the barbecue too. Serve as a side with meat or with the Cabbage and Fennel Slaw on page 74 of Quick Cooking.

Serves 6 as a side
Easy
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 12 min
Total time: 32 min

Ingredients

12 small chestnut mushrooms
½ small cauliflower, broken into small florets
1 small red pepper, deseeded and sliced into squares
4 mini courgettes, cut into slices about 1.5cm (⅝in) thick (see note)
2 tbsp olive oil
½ garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp pesto (see recipe introduction)
1 tsp runny honey

Essential kit

You will need: six wooden skewers.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 220˚c/200˚c Fan/Gas 7 and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Leave six wooden skewers to soak in cold water for 10 minutes.

Thread the mushrooms and cauliflower on to the skewers with alternating pieces of red pepper and courgette (see note), then place on the prepared baking sheet.

Mix the oil, garlic, pesto and honey together in a small bowl.

Season with salt and pepper and brush the assembled skewers with the mixture.

Cook in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked, lightly golden and slightly charred at the edges.

Cook’s notes:
• If mini courgettes are not available, cut a larger courgette into quarters lengthways and then into 1–2cm (½–¾ in) chunks.

• Leave a little space between each piece of vegetable so that it cooks more quickly. Thread the cauliflower florets through the head and stalk, so that they don’t fall off.

Prepare Ahead:
The kebabs can be assembled up to 6 hours ahead.

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