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Let’s grill vegetables and fruits!

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In order to grill delicious food, we do not only need to have good basic ingredients but also it is wise to know some practical but simple tricks that can help us grill our vegetables and fruits real tasty.

One of them is to cut the vegetables similar sizes so that they get ready in the same time. It is important that they are not too big or not too small sized. The middle-size cut veggies will get fast ready and they do not fall in between the grill rack.
We should spread around the veggies little cooking oil. I recommend grape seed oil or ghee as they have a high burning point. Then we should season it with sea salt or simply put them in a marinate we prepare.
We should grill the veggies on a middle-heat, fruits should be grilled in an aluminium plate so they do not have a direct heat contact.
Fruits and easier/softer veggies get grilled in about 5-10 min while the harder veggies need about 25-30 min.
My favorite vegetables are the grilled corn, kapia peppers, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms. From the fruits I love pineapple and peach the most when they are grilled.

There are some vegetables that we can bring a lot more out with a few tricks, so that we get really tasty vegetables. So let me give you some advise how you can get them grilled real good.

California peppers or kapia peppers:
Let’s cut the vegetables into halves and oil both sides of them. We should start baking the skinny side first for 6-10 min then the meaty side for 3-4 min. This is such a nice side dish for grilled meats.

Corn:
Best is to keep the hairy cover for the grilling. Before we start grilling it, we should pull back the hairy cover and suck the corn with the cover in cold water for 15 min. this way the corn will get steamed and soft under the cover. If we don’t buy corns with the cover, we should put around some herbed butter and grill it for 20 min. It is can be an excellent snack in between two dishes.

Onions:
Cut the onions in halves (across-wise), spread some oil around, then put some sea salt on it and grill it for about 6-10 min.

Asparagus:
We should season it with salt and pepper and grill it for 5-10 min while we turn it often. It is an excellent side dish with meat and fish too.

Aubergine:
We should cut it alongside for bigger slices, spread oil around and gill it ready. The grilling time is about 4-5 min.

Leaks:
It can be perfectly grilled. Cut it long-wise into halves, spread oil around and grill it for 4-5 min.

Zucchini:
We can cut into halves long-wise or slice them up into rounds and turn them in oil, sea salt and grill them for 5-8 min.

Mushrooms:
We should grill it always as a whole pice then slice it up. Spread oil on them before grilling. Do not put salt on it only afterwards.

From the fruits you can nicely grill water melon, peach and pineapple. Their grilling time is a few min, you do not have to oil them but as I mentioned it above, you should not grill them directly on the rack but in a aluminium plate.

Grilled vegetables and fruits are excellent for meat and fish side dishes. They are not only delicious but also very healthy and on top of all, they surely color our grill dinner. We offer some sauces to these veggies and meat or fish too (bbq sauce, mayo, blue cheese dressing, etc.) surely everyone will get a good filling dinner too.

I wish everyone a healthy and delicious grill dinner!

Pull everything on a skewer!

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Tips for a perfect garden party

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