Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

1 medium eggplant, cut lengthwise in  1/4 inch slices
1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise in  1/4 inch slices
1 medium sweet red peppers cut in wedges
1 bunch scallions, (green onions) about 6
1/3 cup southwestern butter baste, recipe follows
8 6 inch flour tortilla
8 small lettuce leaves
2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese with peppers

Lightly brush rack of outdoor grill or broiler pan with oil. Preheat grill or broiler. Place batches of vegetables on rack 3 to 4 inches from heat; cook until nearly crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Turn and brush with Southwester butter Baste. Cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer; remove and place on a large cutting board; repeat with remaining vegetables. Slice vegetables into bite-size pieces; place in a serving bowl. Drizzle with any remain Southwester butter Baste; toss to coat.

For each serving: Heat flour tortillas according to package directions. Place two tortillas on an individual serving plate; top each with one lettuce leaf. Place 3/4 cup vegetables and 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese down the center of each tortilla. Fold tortilla toward center; repeat.

Makes 4 servings.

Southwester butter Baste: In a small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter. Add 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper. Cook and stir over low heat for about 2 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in 2 tablespoons lime juice; remove from heat. Makes 1/3 cup

For Grilled Italian Vegetable Fajitas, use 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in place of the Monterey Jack cheese. Prepare as directed above, substituting Scampi butter (recipe follows) for Southwestern butter Baste

Scampi butter: In a small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter. Add 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cook and stir over low heat for 2 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar; remove from heat. Makes 1/2 cup



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