For those who have never tried to grill vegetables on the grill, there is not better time like the present to start. There is a unique taste to vegetables when you cook them on the grill that can only be achieved by true grilling.
Below are some great techniques and tips for both preparing and grilling your vegetable delights.
Keep in mind that just about any vegetable can be cooked on the grill. Some cook better on the grill then others will. Here is a list of the best grilling vegetables:
- Most any pepper, corn on the cob, asparagus, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, whole tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, whole onions Portobello mushrooms and fennel. Tips for preparing your vegetables for grilling:
- Bell peppers can be grilled whole until the skins bubble, after which you can just peel the skins off. Mix them with a little bit of olive oil and pepper and salt and your good to go.
- There are a few variations that you can do with corn on the cob. Be careful to keep husks whole when peeling them back to take off the silk strings. Soak the cobs in water for about an hour prior to grilling. After their water soak you can either leave them plane and tie the husks back on or brush with butter and add your favorite seasoning for extra flavor. You can even remove the husks all together and wrap them with bacon, seasoning and then wraps in foil for grilling.
- Zucchini and summer squash can be grilled directly on the grill. Be sure to clean them well and cut off the ends. Slice them in half length wise brush them with olive oil or butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Watch them closely as they cook very fast.
- Potatoes are very popular on the grill. No matter if you choose to put them on whole or cut them up and cook them in a foil packet be sure to wash them thoroughly. You can cook them ½way in boiling water and them slice in quarters. Brush them with olive oil or bitter and season to taste then cook directly on the grill. You can cut them up in cubes and add chopped garlic, onions, butter and salt and pepper, seal them up in a neat foil packets and cook on grill till tender.
- Artichokes are another vegetable that can be cooked in boiling water for around 20 minutes then cut in half-length wise. Be sure to brush well with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the cut side down n the grill.
- Eggplant is another easy one to cook on the grill. Cut the eggplant in quarters, salt well, and set aside for the liquid to drain out for about 30 minutes. Then brush with olive oil and your seasoning and place on the grill.
- Asparagus is another that cooks rather fast on the grill. Toss them n olive oil and season to taste, then place on the grill and be sure to turn frequently. In most of the examples above, olive oil is the oil of choice but you can certainly use whichever oil you prefer such as peanut, sunflower or even vegetable.
You can grill vegetables either directly on the grill or in the foil pouches, as either way will give you great flavor and texture when they are done. The foil packages will steam in the flavor and should only take around 15 minutes.
Now that you have, the best grilling tips for vegetables lets look at some basic grilling tips.
- Little bamboo skewers are great for doing many things on the grill. Soak them in water for at least an hour then add your favorite meats and vegetables for a great, fast kabob.
- If you are buying a gas grill then you will want to get a grill with at least 40 to 50 thousand BTU’s. This is what you will need to make the good grill marks on your meats and vegetables.
- When grilling vegetables you should do so over high heat. If using charcoal then you will want to build a 3 zone fire with one end being a double layer of coals, the middle being a single layer and the other end with none. This will allow you to sear in the flavor and juices while being able to cook over the medium heat and keep them warm where there are no coals.
- A few good tools for the grill that you may want o get would be a fish basket to cook seafood and a vegetable basket, which makes it easier to cook smaller vegetables. There you have it, some of the best tips and techniques for grilling vegetables. Now you can look like a pro when grilling for family and friends.
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