BBQs for Vegetarians
The meat-eating population often looks forward to BBQs as a chance to devour as many sausages and burgers as they can, and that can leave vegetarians and vegans feeling a little left behind. Many hosts’ answer to providing for their non-meat-eating BBQ guests is to grab some vegetarian sausages from the back of the freezer and have done with it, while everyone else gets to tuck into huge plates of carefully skewered and marinated meat and fish. Every vegetarian knows it doesn’t need to be like that, and good vegetarian BBQ food will have even the most determined meat-eater clamouring for second helpings. If you’re a veggie, why not think about getting in there first and throwing the first BBQ of 2011? You’ll get the chance to impress your friends with your tasty veggie recipes, and hopefully, they’ll pick up some tips for their own BBQ parties. You don’t necessarily need to wait for summer either. If you have a hooded gas BBQ, you can easily cook food outside to serve inside. Even better, get yourself a rotisserie BBQ such as the innovative BarbeSkew, which will keep food rotating while you’re indoors relaxing. To get you started, here are a couple of our favourite vegetarian BBQ recipes:
Spicy Halloumi Skewers
Halloumi has a much higher melting point than most cheeses, so it’s ideal for grilling. You can vary the vegetables used depending on taste or what you have to hand. These skewers taste great with pitta bread and green salad.
• Block of halloumi cheese, cut into slices
• 1 sliced fresh chillis, seeds removed (or a teaspoon of chilli flakes)
• 2 crushed garlic cloves
• 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
• Olive oil
• 1 red onion, thickly sliced
• 8 halved cherry tomatoes
Mix the chilli, garlic and basil in a bowl with a little olive oil, and season to taste. Place the halloumi, onion and tomatoes on skewers. Brush the skewers with the oil mixture. Barbeque for around 10 minutes, turning regularly.
These are a twist on the more standard vegetable kebabs, and they’re suitable for vegans too. They make a great dessert, but are also tasty at any point in the proceedings!
• Fruit of your choice. Peach, banana, pineapple or strawberry all make good choices. Tinned or fresh can both work well. Chop larger fruits into bite-sized chunks.
• Brown sugar (or honey if you’re not vegan)
• Balsamic vinegar
Mix a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar with a teaspoon of brown sugar or honey. Arrange the fruit on skewers, and brush with the mixture. Cook on the BBQ for around 10 to 15 minutes, until the sugar starts to caramelise.