It is no secret that a juicy burger, steak, or piece of chicken cooked on the grill has a unique and satisfying flavor that you cannot get using just any method of cooking. Most of us eagerly anticipate the summer months, looking forward not only to warmer weather and days in and near the water, but also for the cookouts and fun gatherings with family and friends.
We anticipate those tastes all year long! This summer do things just a little bit differently –add veggies to the grill. If you think those meats are delish now, just wait until you taste them paired with any one of the awesome vegetables listed below. Meat is certainly not the only food item that tastes magnificent prepared on the grill. Take a look at some of the best veggies for grilling, and then add them to your summer shindigs.
Corn on the cob is one of those foods that you just have to have on the grill. Prepare it by leaving it in the husk and placing it onto the grill. Allow the corn to grill for 10 – 15 minutes, then pull back the husks so you can achieve those slightly charred hulls that offer a phenomenal taste. Allow it to cook an additional 2 – 3 minutes and remove from the grill. Yummy!
A ripe and juicy tomato enhances the flavor of most any dish or burger. When it is prepared on the grill the entire flavor changes, but it is a taste you’ll want more of. Slice a tomato in half, and coat each open half with olive oil. Place cut-side down, and cook for 3 -4 minutes per side.
Onions are a definite flavor enhancer for sandwiches and soups, side dishes, meats and more. However, the awesomeness of an onion isn’t fully found until you’ve tasted one that has been prepared on the grill. Slice an onion and toss onto the grill for 3 – 4 minutes. A decadent, sweet tasting vegetable will be the result. There is nothing quite like an onion, fresh and hot from the grill!
Cabbage is yet another of the vegetables that you can cook on the grill, and it will taste amazing! Cut a head of cabbage into eight wedges. Coat each of those wedges in garlic, salt, and pepper, and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on the grill and allow to cook for 30 to 40 minutes. The taste is out of this world!
5. Green Beans
You will need a cooking basket suitable for the grill to prepare green beans, so be sure that you have one handy. Before putting them on the grill, coat in olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Put them in the basket and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, shaking occasionally. This spin on green beans will turn this into a family favorite –and you will be ready to prepare them each and every time there is a cookout taking place.
6. Yellow Squash and Zucchini
Whether you have a garden full of yellow squash and zucchini growing in your garden or simply want to try a new variation of one of your favorites, throw some on the grill. It is fairly simple to grill both zucchini and yellow squash. Simply cut the squash into long strips, coat in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and throw on the grill for 5 – 10 minutes.
Another summer grilling veggie favorite is potatoes. Most people wrap a baked potato in aluminum foil and prepare it on the grill in this manner. It takes potatoes a little longer than most veggies, so plan to leave them on the grill for a minimum of one hour. Once done, you will love the taste of the potato, especially after topping them with your faves –such as butter, sour cream, bacon or cheese.
8. Bell Peppers
A few different methods of preparing bell peppers on the grill can help you create a new flavor for your meals. The first method of preparing bell peppers on the grill is to cook them whole. Let them cook until slightly charred, and then remove. The second option involves cutting the peppers in half and stuffing them. Coat with olive oil and place on the grill for 4 -5 minutes. If you don’t want to stuff the peppers, but do not want them prepared whole, you can also easily cut the peppers into chunks and follow the same grilling method as listed above.
Let the Grilling Begin
Keep an open mind and you’ll find many other delicious veggies that you will want to cook on the grill and add to this list of favorites. Avoid green leafy vegetables, as well as cucumbers and celery – they contain too much water to cook correctly on the grill. Otherwise, there are unlimited veggie possibilities! Now your summer can officially begin! Bon Appetit!