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Jun 10, 2012 04:48 PM

Ideas for veg kebabs/other vegetarian dishes for the BBQ?

Hi - I have my vegetarian niece coming to stay and in the vain hope that the British weather will improve enough to allow BBQs, would love any tips on tasty vegetarian recipes that can be cooked on the barbie! Especially interested in ideas for veg kebabs - mine always seem to come out a little dry and tasting a bit bland! Thanks so much in advance.

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  1. Marinate and grill portobello mushroom caps. You can serve them as an entree or like a hamburger on a bun. As for kebabs, try subbing tofu for any other meat.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      I love marinating portabellas in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. I also like slicing small yellow/green squash in half lengthwise, brushing it with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and basil and then grilling them. Delish!

      1. re: Philly Ray

        For those that don't like mushrooms:

        This one is sauteed but good:

        Remember some vegetarians won't eat kebabs on a grill where there has been meat. Some don't mind because they figure the meat juices etc have been burned off.

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Gosh, thanks for the reply, that sounds great - can imagine portobellos would give a nice 'meaty' texture and be quite juicy on a bun - any tips for the marinade, or would you just use similar to what you'd use to marinate meat pre-BBQ?

          1. re: Philly Ray

            Sorry, forgot to also ask - should I marinate tofu before grilling?

            1. re: MagnoliaTree

              Yes - tofu doesn't taste like much without marinating. I like a combination of orange juice and soy sauce with smaller amounts of cayenne/Sriracha/hot sauce, garlic, and ginger.

          2. Other options might be grilled pizza or grilled quesadillas. Just watch your sauces/marinades as many have non-veg ingredients in them. Also, grilled fruit is delicious and certainly vegetarian friendly. Mm, pineapple... ;)

              1. Thank you so much to everyone for your ideas and tips, really helpful - in fact they all sound so good, I'm not going to bother doing any meat dishes and go full-on veggie for the whole meal....going to try out the marinated portabellas, some grilled squash, a couple of halloumi and veg kebabs a la Jamie Oliver recipe suggested, and a couple of marinated tofu and veg kebabs. Grilled pineapple for pud also sounds fab! (hmmm, maybe with vanilla ice-cream!)

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                1. re: MagnoliaTree

                  Another good option is grilled polenta, even the "tubes" of polenta from the grocery store sliced up and brushed with EVOO, salt and pepper will be excellent. Just remember polenta can take a lot of heat and time, you want a nice light brown crust on it so you get some crunch with the creamy interior.

                  Or do the same with eggplant/aubergine (again, lots of heat and time... nothing worse than under cooked eggplant with the texture of styrofoam) and when it's done toss it in your favourite salad dressing for marinated grilled eggplant disks.

                  1. re: MagnoliaTree

                    One more recipe I love is also Delia Smith. I have made this as a side for dinner and had guests request to eat the left overs for breakfast. True story.


                    I skip the harissa as I find it overwhelms the lovely roasted veggies. I have vinaigrette on the side for anyone that wants it but I like mine plain so I can taste the veggies and the goat cheese. This looks nice too! Use whatever veggies you like. I skip the fennel for example.

                    Instead of oven roasting you could do the veggies ahead of time on the grill.

                    1. re: MagnoliaTree

                      I like to do a mixed veg grill (what you said, plus slices of red onion and nice tomatoes), and serve everything along with pitas, tabbouleh, and a feta and yogurt sauce for dipping. It's a fun way for everyone to share a meal and mix and match.

                    2. Make a charmoula, marinate vegetables in it, and grill. Works well with eggplant, zucchini, etc.