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May 28, 2008 10:06 AM

Vegetarian Cook out ideas

am throwing a bbq next week and have several vegetarian friends coming. I was hoping to offer something on the grill more interesting than just store bought veggie burgers. Any ideas? I would love a recipe for homemade ones. I already plan on doing a grilled veggie salad but would love something interesting my veggie friends can eat that is grilled.
I do have a sausage stuffing attachment to the kitchenaid, so I would love to come up with a veggie sausage I could make from scratch- any ideas and also is there anything I could use for casing that isnt pork intestine?

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  1. There's a restaurant here in DC that makes what they call veggie burgers: they are a mixture of duxelles and quinoa, with some goat cheese, that are shaped into patties. They get wrapped with thin slices of eggplant and grilled. The eggplant holds them all together and they are just wonderful. You may want to do a test drive, but they're a really fun version of a veggie burger.

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    1. Grilled portebellos stuffed with mashed parmesan potatoes
      Wrap sandwiches with hummus and grilled vegetables
      Marinated and grilled vegetable and tofu kebabs - I like teriyaki marinade

      Black Bean Veggie Burgers

      makes 6 4-inch burgers or 18 sliders

      2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for cooking the burgers
      1 cup corn
      2 cups mushrooms, finely chopped
      2 scallions, finely chopped
      2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
      1 teaspoon cumin
      1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      1 cup spinach, chopped
      1 carrot, peeled and grated
      1 potato, peeled and grated
      1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed - mash 3/4 of the can and leave the remaining beans whole
      1/2 cup panko

      whole wheat buns
      mini potato rolls
      any burger toppings you like - these would be good with guacamole or chipolte mayo

      In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and add corn, mushrooms, and scallions. Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes until softened. Add garlic, cumin and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach, carrot, and potato and cook for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove for the heat and add the mashed and whole beans and the panko. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into burger or slider sized patties and place on a large platter.

      Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a skillet and cook burgers until golden brown and crispy on each side. Serve on a bun, eat it plain, they are great just about any way you would like them.

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      1. re: eatmyfood

        Yum- you have some great ideas already standby for veggie folks- and we love these too, are portabellos roasted, then stuffed with a goat cheese mixed with herbs. Loosely wrap in foil to warm on grill.

        We serve with a toasted bun, garlic mayo, arugula and red onion. And a cold beer.

      2. We grill extra-firm tofu (in a grilling basket) and it's delicious! I marinate thick slices in some combination of soy sauce/balsamic vinegar/garlic/ginger/rice wine.

        1. And for dessert, try grilling fruit, especially peaches, bananas and pineapples. Sometimes I'll split a peach in half and sprinkle with brown sugar or drizzle with honey before placing on the grill. You can also make fruit kabobs.

          1. along the lines of grilled mushrooms, thick slices of eggplant grill up beautifully with just a brush of olive oil. layer with portobello, red peppers, and cheese, or stick to just eggplant--great on a bun.

            also, grilled asparagus is about the most delicious thing in the world.