When the summer weather hits, it’s hard to think of any meal not made on the barbecue. Luckily though, you don’t have to stick to just hamburgers and hot dogs. With so many new recipes designed for barbecuing, you really can make every summer meal on the grill.
Grilling vegetables is a quick and easy way to get a healthy side dish for your meal and avoid making your home hot by turning on the oven. Plus, by using the grill to cook every part of your meal, you save time when cleaning up and doing dishes at the end of the night.
Here are a few tips to ensure that your grilled vegetables are top notch, whether you’re making them for yourself or at a dinner party this summer:
1. Season Before You Grill
Adding some olive oil and herbs will give your vegetables extra flavour. Brush whichever vegetable you’re grilling with olive oil or butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you want a bit of heat, add chili flakes. To take it up a notch, use oregano or flavoured olive oil on your veggies.
Go further and create a marinade for your vegetables before you grill them. A simple balsamic marinade would be great or you could even use pesto sauce.
2. Cut In Strips
Large chunks won’t cook properly on the grill. Slicing vegetables into longer shapes will give you more of a surface area to work with and get more of the piece onto the grill.
3. Create Packets
Some vegetables can be cooked in little foil packets on the grill. Corn on the cob or potatoes can be cooked this way. Take a look at this delicious Grilled Potato and Onion recipe or this balsamic green beans and peppers recipe for inspiration.
4. Get the Perfect Timing
Learning how much time each vegetable needs to be cooked will ensure they stay crisp and flavourful, not burnt or mushy. Some heartier veggies like potatoes, asparagus or carrots can be pre-cooked before grilling to get them cooked to perfection. As stated in this article from The Kitchn, simmer firm veggies for three to five minutes in a saucepan before grilling to get just the right texture.
5. Invest in the Proper Tools
If you really want to make sure you’re cooking your vegetables right on the grill, invest in some tools. Skewers will ensure that your veggies don’t slip through the grates. A grill basket will also make it easier to turn them – instead of flipping each veggie one at a time, just give the basket a shake to toss them.
What are your favourite ways to grill vegetables? Let us know in the comments!
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