Vegetarian BBQ Food
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked to do a post about vegetarian BBQ food seeing as the weather has been so lovely. BBQ’s are usually a nightmare for vegans, coeliacs and vegetarians due to the risk of cross contamination and, most of the time, the overwhelming presence of meat in the form of sausages and burgers. Remember to always cook the vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free food first on the bbq, as mentioned before, to avoid cross-contamination, and always clean the BBQ thoroughly beforehand.
Aside from the usual Quorn burgers and sausages, try these:
Aubergine Parcels: (Makes 8)
- 4 Aubergines
- Olive Oil
- Vegetarian Goat’s Cheese
- 3 Large Tomatoes
- Black Pepper
Firstly, slice the aubergines lengthways 3/4 of the way through, leaving the skin joined together on one side.
Stuff with the tomatoes and goats cheese before drizzling with a little olive oil.
With a cocktail stick, secure the parcel. Sprinkle plenty of black pepper on top and then grill for around 5-10 mins on each side depending on how hot the BBQ is, making sure you don’t char the aubergine too much.
Halloumi Skewers: (Makes 8)
- 1 Pack of Halloumi Cheese, cubed
- Chilli Oil
- Veg, such as: courgette, aubergine, cucumber, onions, button mushrooms
On a skewer, place a cube of halloumi, followed by veg, followed by halloumi etc, until all 8 skewers are full. Drizzle with a little chilli oil, or just olive oil, and BBQ for 7 mins, turning occasionally.
Field Mushroom Burger: (Makes 4)
- 4 large Field Mushrooms
- Olive Oil mixed with Crushed Garlic
Drizzle the mushrooms with a little of the garlic olive oil.
Grill the mushrooms for 4 mins on each side.
Serve in a bun like a burger with vegetarian pesto sauce, mozzarella and grilled tomato.
Good things to serve are tzatziki, made with natural yoghurt, mint and diced cucumber all mixed together, as well as hummus.
Salsas, such as chopped tomato and chilli mixed together with a little basil and some olive oil are good with tortilla crisps, and the old favourite of guacamole, made with avocados, tomato, and a small onion all whizzed together in a food processor.