Preparing the best grilled vegetables possible involves more than just choosing good vegetables to grill. Compliment your main dish with delicious tasting grilled vegetables and unleash a new level of culinary creativity. Learn how to grill veggies (plus how long to grill them) and unlock their hidden potential for your next dish.
GRILLER TIP: IF IT SAYS "IN-SEASON," IT MEANS IT'S GROWN IN ITS NATURAL HARVEST TIME AND YOU'RE GETTING PEAK FLAVOR. CATCH IT WHEN YOU CAN.
These are our top veggies to try with Grill Mates, plus how to select the best produce.
1. Corn: buy it with the husks on and check for plump, uniform kernels. Grill, season, and brush with flavored butter, infused oil or crumbled Cotija cheese. 2. Skewers: try summer squash, red onion, bell pepper and zucchini with Mesquite Marinade. Look for firm veggies without bruises or wrinkling. 3. Asparagus: marinate with Chipotle Pepper Marinade for 15-30 minutes. Stalks should look crisp. Try the purple variety. 4. Slices: toss eggplant, bell peppers and beefsteak tomatoes with oil and Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning . Tomatoes should smell fragrant and feel heavier than they look, indicating perfect ripeness.
Techniques to Master
You’re not limited to slicing and seasoning. Check out two ways to transform vegetables with just flame and flavor.
GRILLER TIP: TONGS AREN'T JUST FOR PICKING UP THINGS. USE THEM TO BLISTER PEPPERS, FLIP INGREDIENTS, OR, PRESS TONGS LIGHTLY INTO VEGGIES TO TEST IF THEY'RE THE RIGHT TEXTURE (E.G. FIRM OR SOFTER).
Smoker chips bring out complex flavors in vegetables (and almost anything you grill). You can pick them up at hardware stores, your grocer’s grilling section or anywhere firewood is sold. Just soak chips in a bowl 15-30 minutes then put them in a smoker pan or tightly-covered aluminum tray that goes right on the grill or directly over ready-to-cook coals. Try these.