NEW YORK (WLNY) — Sal Scognamillo is the chef and co-owner of third generation family-run Patsy’s Italian Restaurant. He showed us how he serves up some of the best Italian food in town.

Grilled Marinated Eggplant, Zucchini, and Portobello Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings

·      1 medium eggplant, about 1 pound
·      3 small zucchini, about 1 pound
·      2 large Portobello mushrooms
Peel the eggplant and then trim the ends from both the eggplant and zucchini. Cut into ½-inch rounds. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and clean by gently wiping the top of each with a damp paper towel.

Vinaigrette Marinade
·      ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
·      ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
·      1 peeled garlic clove, minced
·      1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil (about 4 leaves)
·      Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a screw-top jar.  Close tightly and shake until thoroughly blended.

1.     Toss the zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms in a large bowl with the vinaigrette marinade. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to meld before grilling.
2.     Grill the zucchini and eggplant for 2 minutes, turning once. Grill only the top of the mushroom, for 3 minutes.

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