Summer is here! If you are like me, you love grilling veggies! Here are some popular ways of grilling them and the benefits of each.
Baskets vs. Skewers vs. Straight on the Grill
– Baskets are great when you want to keep the char off your veggies, but still want to get that smoky flavor. It’s great for smaller veggies that may fall through the slats on the grill. You also don’t have to worry as much about them sticking. Great basket veggies include: mushrooms, squash, onions, peppers, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cubed eggplant.
When choosing a basket I recommend one without a long handle. You might not be able to close the lid on your grill. Go for one like this one made by Charcoal Companion
– Skewers are also a great way to grill your veggies! I love using these when I am marinating small veggie pieces. Again, skewers like baskets will keep your veggies from falling through the slates, but skewers will allow you to get that char and grill marks on your veggies. Great skewer veggies include: mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, onions, eggplant, brussel sprouts, and even fruit.
There are a bunch of skewers out there on the market. I like metal stick ones like these by Charcoal Companion these Fire Wire skewers like this that let you place your skewers and whatever shape you need to on the grill.
–Straight on the grill is good for your larger vegetables. Sometimes all you need is a grill and a vegetable… I recommend vegetables like portobello mushrooms, corn, eggplant, onions, cabbage, asparagus, brocolini, artichokes, and squash to be cooked like this. You can always cut the veggies into smaller strips after you’ve grilled them in larger pieces.
PS What’s your favorite way of grilling?