Provençal Style Barbecued Vegetables with Houmous, Soft Eggs & Smoky Aioli

Serves: 4

Chef Top Tip

"Baby vegetables simply char-grilled make for a wonderful flavour experience, especially here when served with a lightly smoked aioli. Smoked garlic is best for this sauce, though normal garlic is fine too."


  • 1.5kg mixed baby vegetables (e.g. courgettes, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, baby cherry tomatoes, cooked French beans)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 150g prepared houmous
  • 4 large free range eggs

For the aioli:

  • 150ml mayonnaise
  • 2 smoked garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp liquid hickory smoke


  1. Place the olive oil in a small pan with the thyme and heat gently for 2-3 minutes, set aside to infuse.
  2. Trim and prepare vegetables according to type, cutting any larger vegetables in half length-ways.
  3. Arrange the vegetables on a hot BBQ rack and brush with the thyme infused oil.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally until browned and tender.
  5. Cook the eggs in simmering boiling water for 5 minutes, then remove and cool slightly before peeling them carefully.
  6. Place all the ingredients for the aioli together in a bowl, mix well and season to taste.
  7. To serve, place some houmous on a serving plate, arrange the BBQ vegetables to one side. Then cut the eggs in half and spoon a good dollop of the smoky aioli, serve immediately.

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