Top tips for grilling vegetables to perfection all summer long!
Grilling season has officially started and barbecues are heating up across Canada. Juicy steaks and patties are the usual stars of the grill but don’t forget about the veggies! The warmer months bring fresh, local produce to farmers’ markets and grilling vegetables is a great way to add flavour to everything from root to fruit vegetables. So here are a few tricks to make sure veggies aren’t an afterthought when turning on the grill.
Know your veggies
Not all vegetables are created equal, especially when it comes to cooking time. Vegetables that are dense like potatoes will take longer to cook on the grill, while others like bell peppers will be ready faster. When cooking veggies directly on the grill, avoid burning by searing vegetables over high heat and then move them to a cooler section of the barbecue to finish cooking. Aluminum foil is also an easy way to grill vegetables while keeping all the spices and oil contained. Set your grill to a moderate temperature for even cooking and place foil wrapped veggies directly on the grill. The result is juicy grilled veggies bursting with flavour – we love these rosemary new potatoes, just wrap in foil and cook on the grill for a tasty alternative.
Just like meat, you will get the most out of your grilled veggies by marinating them, brushing them with oil, or simply try seasoning with Club House Signature Blends. Try incorporating spices into your oils and butters to layer on the flavour.
Know your tools
An organized grill is something we all strive for, that’s why using the correct tools is a great way to master the BBQ real estate. Cooking veggies directly on the grill is great, but sometimes messy; use metal or wooden skewers to cook veggies like tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini. Keeping these small and sliced veggies together will ensure they do not fall through the grates. Pro tip: when using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water prior to grilling to avoid burning.
Another great tool for easy veggie grilling is the grill basket. This metal basket keeps all ingredients in the same place, and makes removal and cleanup easy.
Summer grilling is all about taking cooking outdoors so use the grill whenever you can in place of your oven – you will get a delicious charred flavour and you can enjoy the patio with friends while prepping. Why not host an outdoor pizza party? This veggie pizza is even more delicious with the smoky flavours of the grill. The trick? First, oil the dough with an oil brush on the side that will lie on the grill. Second, add toppings after you’ve grilled the dough for a couple of minutes (cook at minimum 550°F) to make sure it doesn’t tear. Once your favourite toppings have been added, close the lid and cook for no more than 5 minutes – the edges should be well-done and crisp.
Grilling veggies should be all about making summer cooking simple – think of your grill as a one-pot meal! By grilling your veggies along with your meat, you can simplify dinner prep while enjoying amazing summer flavour!