Even Aubergine Haters Can't Resist These Aubergine “Steak” Frites

How do you successfully accomplish steak night without the steak? Sub in creamy aubergine for a grilled mash-up of the classic French combo. An Argentine herb sauce, chimichurri, transform aubergine and potatoes from vegetable sides to a complete, fancy dinner.

Even Aubergine Haters Can’t Resist These Aubergine “Steak” Frites
© Suzanne Clements How do you successfully accomplish steak night without the steak? Sub in creamy aubergine steaks for a grilled mash-up of the classic French combo steak frites.

Don’t get caught running back and forth from the grill to the kitchen. The key to aubergine steak frites’ success is to prep in the kitchen while the grill preheats. Then head outside with just one task left to do, grill. In the kitchen, salt and drain the aubergine, boil the potatoes, then toss or brush with oil. Also, make sure to prep the sauce so the meal can go directly from the grill to the table. Bonus: Chimichurri tastes even better as the flavours meld, so don’t be shy about making it in advance.

Yields: 4 servings

Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins

Ingredients

For The Chimichurri

  • 20 g

    packed fresh parsley leaves

  • 3 tbsp.

    packed fresh oregano leaves

  • 2

    garlic cloves, chopped

  • 80 mL

    extra-virgin olive oil

  • 60 mL

    red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp.

    chilli flakes

  • Salt

For The Eggplant “Steak”

  • 1

    large aubergine, trimmed, sliced lengthwise 1/2cm thick

  • 1 1/2 tsp.

    salt

  • 2 tbsp.

    extra-virgin olive oil

  • Freshly ground black pepper

For The Frites

  • 4

    medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1.5cm wedges

  • 1 tsp.

    salt

  • 2 tbsp.

    extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Make chimichurri: In a mini food processor, pulse parsley, oregano, and garlic until finely chopped. Scrape herb mixture into a small bowl and stir in olive oil, vinegar, chilli flakes, and season with salt. Let sit so flavours can meld while cooking aubergine steaks and frites.
  2. Generously season both sides of aubergine slices with salt (about 1½ teaspoons). Arrange aubergine on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking tray and let drain for 30 minutes. Rinse aubergine and pat dry. Brush both sides of aubergine with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover by 2cm. Season the water with 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer potatoes to a large bowl; pat dry and toss with 2 tablespoons oil.
  4. Grill vegetables: Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Grill aubergine and potatoes, turning halfway through, until golden and tender, about 5 minutes for the potatoes and 8 minutes for the aubergine, transferring vegetables to a platter or plate as they are done. Season potatoes with salt.
  5. Serve aubergine steaks and frites with a generous dollop of chimichurri.

Chimichurri can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept refrigerated in an airtight container.

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