Friday, July 27, 2012

Grilled Veggies

 For those of you with gardens, your zucchini is coming in fast and furious right now, I'm sure. If you haven't got a garden, they're plentiful in farmer's markets too. How to use all those zucchini? I've posted lots of recipes on the blog, from stuffed zucchini to raw zucchini salad to  chocolate zucchini cake.  But grilled veggies are great for summertime, especially if you're having guests. You can make this ahead of time and serve it at room temperature. And sometimes you want something different from the ubiquitous potato salad and oil-and-vinegar-based side dishes. That's where grilled veggies come in. My favorite is zucchini, because they don't soak up as much oil as eggplants. Here I've combined the zucchini with roasted peppers (instructions here), and a sprinkling of feta cheese. Start with slicing the zucchini rather thick - about 1/4 inch. If the slices are too thin, they'll scorch on the grill. Thick slices gives the zucchini time to cook on the inside and develop nice grill marks too.
I don't have a picture for you, but I normally put the slices in a large bowl, season with minced garlic, salt, pepper and fresh herbs - here it's chives and thyme. Pour some olive oil into the bowl, then mix everything together, using your hands. Place the slices on the grill (don't stray far, they'll cook fast) and turn them once, until they're browned on each side.
Serve them alone, or with roasted peppers, more fresh herbs and a scattering of feta cheese.
Onions are great on the grill too, but to avoid having the rings fall through the grates, I use an aluminum foil pan. Run a little olive oil on each side, then season the same way - salt, pepper and fresh herbs. These take a little longer to brown, but it's worth the wait for that  caramelized goodness. I use the same technique for grilled tomatoes.
If you have leftovers, so much the better. Grilled veggies are delicious in a sandwich, as a topping for pizza, or added to pasta or rice.

Grilled Veggies

vegetables, like zucchini, eggplants, onions
olive oil
minced garlic
fresh herbs (thyme, chives)
salt, pepper

Slice the vegetables on the thick side (about 1/4 inch). Place in a bowl (not the onions or tomatoes - put them on an aluminum pan and season with the oil, garlic and herbs) Pour some olive oil over the vegetables to coat them, season with the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Place on a hot grill and turn once, after the first side has developed nice grill marks. Flip and do the same on the other side.



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9 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that kind of food. Your grilled vegetables look really delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I don't have a garden but my farmers' market friends keep me well supplied with summer veggies. Love zucchini and sweet onions on the grill. And peppers too.

Stacey Snacks said...

Beautiful platter of veggies!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I could live on grilled veggies and practically do! Beautiful platter and I'm taking you up on the foil pan for my onions next time, great carmelization!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful presentation, Linda! I'm out west this week and my son's garden's zucchini are plentiful! I always brush on a little balsamic vinegar when I grill zucchini and eggplants as I like the slight tang it gives them.

Frank said...

Yep, grilled veggies are wonderful! And great tip about cutting the zucchini thick, very true.

Mary said...

These look wonderful. I don't know how we survived until we began to roast vegetables. So much is possible when they are lightly charred and caramelized. These sound delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chiara Giglio said...

magnifiche, quelle cipolle sono le mie preferite!Buona settimana...

Claudia said...

I am getting hungry for plants. My zucchini did little this year although the Japanese eggplant is happy. When this week is over, I am looking forward to firing up the grill and this is the first place I will come back to for inspiration.