The flavors of the garlic and oregano used in this skewer grill vegetables recipe really stand out in the finished kabobs. You can use metal skewers if you have them instead of the bamboo ones. The combination of vegetables used in this grilled vegetables recipe is a good one because you have plenty of different colors and flavors.
You can either serve the veggies removed from the bamboo skewers or on the skewers. Some crumbled feta cheese over the top of the vegetables goes very well, as does a generous sprinkling of salt and black pepper. When making a marinade for grilled vegetables, between one and four hours is a long enough time to let them soak up the flavors.
The tasty vegetables used in the recipe are red onions, summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower. Vary them if you wish, using different ones instead. Pretty much anything will work in this recipe. If you want to use something dense such as potato, you will need to parboil it first, so that everything ends up being cooked in the same amount of time. The marinade is made with olive oil, salt, garlic, oregano, parsley, black pepper, and lemon juice, so you can just imagine how flavorful it is and how much exquisite taste it is going to give to the vegetables.
The marinade is just as easy to prepare as the kabobs. Simply combine the ingredients to make it, then soak the vegetables in it for a while until they have absorbed the flavors. A couple of hours is sufficient, but as is usually the case with vegetable kabob recipes, you can leave them in the mixture overnight or even give them a shorter time if that is all you have. Perhaps you want to cook these in 20 minutes, in which case stir the vegetables into the marinade, fire up the grill, and you will be able to make these really quickly.
Grill these over a medium heat until they are done. A medium heat means you can hold your hand a couple inches over the hot coals for 5 seconds before having to pull it away. When you are threading the vegetables on to the skewers make sure you leave a little space between each one so the air can circulate between the pieces and expose more of the veggies to the heat and the smoke, so you end up with a better finish.
These are amazing served with rice or crusty bread, or you might wish to serve them as an appetizer instead. Something else you might like to do is to use a different marinade, something which appeals to your individual palate. Some people like to use Mediterranean herbs in their marinade and incorporate extra-virgin olive oil, while others might prefer to use Dijon mustard or even teriyaki or soy sauce for an international flavor. This recipe makes enough to serve 8 but you can easily double it if you are feeding a crowd. These are great served hot from the grill or served warm if you prefer.
- For the Bamboo Skewers:
- 4 red onions, quartered
- 1 summer squash in 1 inch pieces
- 2 zucchini, in 1 inch pieces
- 12 button or cremini mushrooms, stems removed
- ½ green bell pepper, seeded and in 1 inch pieces
- ½ cauliflower, in medium sized florets
- ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and in 1 inch pieces
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- (See Link): Herby Citrus Vegetable Marinade
- Follow the marinade recipe directions then return for grilling directions. See link above under marinade.
- Preheat the grill to medium.
- Soak the bamboo skewers in cold water for half an hour.
- Remove the vegetables from the bag and thread them on to the skewers. Leave a space between each vegetable piece so the air can circulate.
- Grill for 20 to 25 minutes or until the vegetables are all tender and golden.
Juicy vegetables are first marinated in a garlic, oregano and lemon marinade to bring out the wonderful flavor of these kabobs. They are then char-grilled to perfection and the results are fantastic. You will love the fact that they are so easy to prepare and you can also change the vegetables you use, opting for your favorites so you get a perfect result. Whether you would prefer to serve these as an appetizer, main course or side dish, there is no doubt you will love the aromatic flavor of these and you will be so pleased you made them. So will the rest of the family.
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