The barbecue stereotype is to see a big cut of meat sitting on the grill over an open flame.
But it is just that — a stereotype. The backyard grill is a versatile cooking tool, and there are some incredible vegetarian dishes that can be prepared on the barbecue.
“With the ability to add natural smoke to the flavour, to put a char on or replicate the flavours of frying without using any oil, a grill can do amazing things with fruits and vegetables,” says Andrea Alden, food stylist and marketer with Napoleon. “Whether as a side dish or main, an app or a dessert, it can all be done on your barbecue.”
Andrea offers some of her favourite grilled vegetarian dishes, which can be found among dozens of others at the Napoleon Gourmet Grills recipe blog:
Vegetarian Pizza — Pizza on the grill is divine, with subtle smoky flavours working their way into the pie and a beautifully crispy golden crust. Make sure you have a pizza stone and peel for this one, as it makes the process way easier. See the recipe here.
Cheesy Roasted Potatoes — This is just delectable. Grilled roasted potatoes are excellent on their own, with flavours you simply can’t get in an oven. Chop the potatoes to bite-sized pieces, toss in melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Roast in an aluminum pan for about 45 minutes, stirring them occasionally. Then, skewer a brick of cheese on your rotisserie spit and secure in place with the rotisserie forks in a spot where the cheese will rotate over the potatoes. Close the lid and let the cheese slowly melt over the spuds. You will not be disappointed.
Asian Garlic Grilled Tofu Stir Fry — A Grilling Wok is a great tool to have with your grill, opening up all sort of opportunities to cook outside ore, and use the stove less. A vegetable stir fry makes great use of the wok, giving a nice smoky char to your veggies without fear of them falling through the cooking grates. This colourful dish is a great addition to the menu, particularly in fall with seasonal vegetables available. Get the full recipe here.
Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash — This vegan dish will please everyone at the table. Soft and fragrant, the quinoa and vegetables are pleasing to the eye and palate. This grilled delight is also gluten free. Learn how to make it here.
Barbecued Veggies — Great as a side or a main, this method of cooking vegetables brings a new flavour experience that can’t be replicated on the stove or in the oven. Toss the veggies in a bit of seasoning and place on the grill — either directly on the cooking grates or in a barbecue wok. Click here for a great grilled veg recipe.
Plank Baked Apple Crisp — Grills can do desserts too! Perfect for the season when the fruit is being harvested, these stuffed apples are overflowing with sweet and crispy oatmeal. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. See how here.