It just so happens that Independence Day is America’s most popular holiday for firing up the grill. It’s hard to beat the added flavor the fire brings to hamburgers, hot dogs, and fresh veggies. So, let’s keep this stat going with grilling tips and recipes from Willowsford Kitchen to fire up your holiday weekend.
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All About Grilling Vegetables
When it comes to grilling, vegetables too often get short shrift. It’s the go-to cooking method for meat and poultry in the summer. But people don’t realize that grilling works the same magic on vegetables. It’s easy, delicious and minimal work. What’s more, grilled vegetables taste terrific at room temperature, so you can cook them ahead of time freeing up the grill for steak, burgers or chicken when the party has started.
Just about any vegetable you can think of can be grilled. Eggplant, peppers, summer squash, red onion, leeks, scallions, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, and potatoes are all great candidates for the grill. Other choices that might not immediately come to mind are artichokes, radicchio, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
Slice a medley of vegetables into same-sized pieces so that they cook evenly, but not so small that they slip through the grill grates. Put them in a big bowl and toss with a little olive oil (to keep them from sticking), garlic, kosher salt and pepper to enhance the flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, flavor the oil with herbs, hot peppers or citrus zest. Use medium heat to give the veggies time to cook without blackening on the outside. A sided grill pan is a worthy investment. IT helps prevent the vegetables from burning and shriveling and makes it a whole lot easier to turn them. The exception to the rule is eggplant. Slice them into rounds, at least 1/3” thick and use direct heat.
Tastes Good With
18 chicken wings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups ketchup
2 cups water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon kosher salt
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