The end of summer and beginning of fall brings an abundance of vegetables. Many vegetables are now considered in season and as a result, are at their lowest price of the year. While there is still decent weather, why not consider spending a little more time outdoors where you can grill these vegetables to perfection? Even if you have never grilled vegetables before, you will find they are so easy to make and quite tasty when prepared this way. Take a look below at 5 tips for perfectly grilled vegetables and see how easy it is to enjoy veggies on the grill. Take a peek and in no times, you will be a vegetable grilling pro!
Here are 5 Tips for Perfectly Grilled Vegetables
1. Add some zest!
Just like you would season meat before putting it on the grill, you want to season vegetables before grilling them. You can do this in a variety of ways. You can sprinkle them with salt or pepper, garlic salt, lemon juice, or even soak them in a bottled marinade. Season your vegetables before cooking and it will make a world of a difference.
2. Make their size manageable
When prepping vegetables for grilling, you want to be very cautious of size. If they are too big they won’t cook easily or evenly. If they are too small they will fall through the grates on the grill. Instead, cut your vegetables in medium sized chunks or slices that fit nicely over the grates but are only about ¼ of an inch thick.
3. Utilize skewers
For awkward shaped vegetables, you can always place them on wood or metal skewers. Just place the chunks of veggies on the skewers, season, and place on the grill. The skewers will make them easy to manage and help them cook evenly.
4. Get ready to flip
Vegetables on the grill do not take very long to cook, so be ready to flip! Most vegetables need about 4-5 minutes on each side on a medium to high heat. After the 4-5 minutes is up, flip and repeat on the alternate side. Some foods such as potatoes or carrots do not grill very quickly, so you should boil them prior to grilling to speed the cooking time up.
5. Add the finishing touches
Once your vegetables are grilled and ready to go, you can add some finishing touches for flavor. Sprinkle with olive oil, seasoning spices, or salad dressings. Then, grab your knife and fork and dig in, if you can wait that long.
See how easy it is to enjoy vegetables on the grill? Summer days are fleeting, but while they are still here enjoy some vegetables on the grill and see how truly tasty they can be!