Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grilled Vegetables 101

grilled veggies

"How come your grilled vegetables always look so nice?".

It's simple.

First, choose the vegetables you are going to be grilling.

I like zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onion, asparagus and eggplant.
These 6 are my favorite and they don't fall thru the grates of the grill (I do the apsaragus on the top grate).



I buy Indian eggplants, which are 3" egg shaped eggplants, and I slice them in half lengthwise. For the big eggplants, I like to slice down the middle, the long way, this way, they are less likely to burn.



For the zucchini and yellow squash: Slice down the middle, lengthwise, then slice into 1/2" strips. You don't want the slices too thin, or they will burn.



Cut the red pepper into squares or thick slices, and cut the red onion into quarters, leaving the stem in tact.

Place your vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil all over to coat.
Sprinkle liberally w/ kosher salt and mix with your hands to make sure all the veggies are coated.

I place all the vegetables on my Char-Broil Heatwave Infrared grill at the same time.



The zucchini & asparagus will be the first vegetables to be done. Keep a close eye on them, they cook fast.
The red bell pepper will finish cooking last.

You will know they are done, once they have nice grill marks on both sides.

Arrange them in sections on a platter and drizzle w/ good balsamic vinegar while still warm. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

These are great served warm with fresh mozzarella, or cold on sandwiches kept in the fridge all week.



I just found this great antique table. It's an original French enamel cafe table c.1900 with an ad for an aperitif, called Quinquina (made w/ quinine). It has a wrought iron base and original patina!
It was a great find!

15 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Beautiful array of grilled vegetables and that table - wow what a find.

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Maria said...

My favorite thing to grill. Love this platter!

Michele said...

They do look beautiful!

Content in a Cottage said...

Stacey...I love that table. It's perfect for you. Stop by my blog to collect your Sunshine Award. Rosemary

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love the simplicity of grilled vegetables - yours look scrumptious, and I'm seriously jealous of that table!

Proud Italian Cook said...

That table is gorgeous, it's so you Stace! I couldn't live without grilled vegetables, I love every single one of them!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Veggies look good.

What a nice find!

Lori Lynn said...

Yea, yea, those vegetables are gorgeous, but it's that table that I'm really drooling over!
LL

Claudia said...

You topped it all by ending with that exquisite table (are you thinking of selling it she asks with hope in her heart?) I also adore grilled vegetables - basically the same ones - but I never do think to save them for sandwiches - thanks for the suggestion!

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a great find - I love the table! Oh, and your grilled vegetables are perfect - your favorites are mine also.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

One of our favorite grilled dinners is just this. I finally broke down and bought a vegetable grill pan (round and deep, with holes) because I love to toss in cherry tomatoes and chunks of onion. So good, and very healthy. I start vacation tomorrow night-- Happy Hour!!!

tasteofbeirut said...

yum! Grilled veggies are so good; love that little table; I used to buy a drink in France called Gini it had quinine in it and I loved it!

Dana said...

Mine never look as good as those! I LOVE that table. Heading to France on Tuesday and will think of you!

kat said...

That table is an amazing find!