Grilling vegetables is a great way to serve them, in fact when prepared appropriately grilling can elevate veggies from side dish to entrée. There is something delicious about that smokey flavour that comes with cooking on a grill and if you enjoy the taste in your meat then you are going to love it in your vegetables! Check out our top 5 tips for grilling vegetables to perfection.
Top 5 Tips For Grilling Vegetables
1. Get Oiled Up
One of the most important things to remember when grilling vegetables is that they will dry out quickly when the heat gets to them. To combat this, you must always remember to oil them up before putting them on the grill. Don’t over do it, just a light brush with some olive oil, or alternative toss your veggies in oil and seasoning. Too much oil will drip onto the grill and make the flames flare up burning your vegetables.
2. Get to Know Your Veggies
When you are grilling vegetables, some will take just a couple of minutes while others need longer. The denser a vegetable is (for example potatoes) the longer it will take to cook. Get to know the texture and density of your vegetables so that you will know how long they need to cook. For grilling vegetables that are dense you are best to sear them on a high heat and then transfer them to a cooler section of the grill.
3. Skewers Make It Easier To Handle
Some vegetables are tough to handle on the grill, like cherry tomatoes or mushrooms. These taste great grilled, but can roll around and even fall through the bars of the grill. To combat this problem, when grilling vegetables that are on the smaller side you can thread them onto a skewer. Alternatively you can create a ‘grill basket’ from a piece of foil to hold them in place.
4. This is One Time Size Matters
Size is going to dictate cooking time when grilling vegetables. Smaller pieces will cook quickly and can be cooked on a skewer. Round veggies like onions, eggplant and some gourds can be cut into round slices. This gives more surface area which allows quicker cooking and crisp texture.
5. Create a Grill Packet
One of the downsides of grilling vegetables is having to watch them closely. However, if that just isn’t your thing then there is a way around it. When grilling denser veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables you can wrap them in a tinfoil parcel sprayed with a little cooking spray. You can place this on the grill for around 15 minutes unattended – just be careful of the steam when opening the packet!