Many meat eaters assume that the whole point of a good old barbie is meat, meat and more meat! They think (quite wrongly) that they would be boring or tasteless were there no meat included. Things couldn’t be further from the truth and there are many amazing vegetarian barbecue recipes which could send the most committed carnivores running to the other side of the garden to join the vegetarian feast!
The main attraction of barbecued food is that distinctive charcoal flavour as well as the pleasure of cooking outdoors. Vegetables take very well to being roasted and grilled, the trick is to use your imagination and some interesting sauce. Keep an open mind and your veggie dishes will be a success! For those looking for fresh ideas for vegetarian barbecues here are some tasty ideas which will appeal to all concerned.
Carrot Hotdogs with Relish
This vegetarian take on the old meat-eaters favourite “sausages in a bun” are super easy to make as well as perfect finger food for informal gatherings.
Ingredients (serves 8):
- 8 medium carrots
- 1 red onion
- 2 or 3 large tomatoes finely chopped
- Two cloves of garlic
- Olive oil
- Mixed herbs
- Knob of butter
- Salt and black pepper
- Fresh hotdog buns
Par boil the carrots having first removed the stalk, then place the carrots in an old cake tin and dab butter all over them. Add a twist or two of salt and pepper and cover with foil. Place on a very hot grill for around 15 minutes. Whilst they are cooking, fry the onion and the garlic in a drop of olive oil until they are just transparent. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season well and reduce until the relish is thick enough to drop rather than run off a spoon. If your sauce is too dry, simply add a little tomato puree.
Serve the carrots in the buns with a dollop of the onion relish on top. The sweetness of the carrots is complimented by the savoury relish perfectly!
Some More Simple Ideas
Everyone loves kebabs and it’s a great idea to make up fruit and vegetable kebabs which can be cooked over the heat of a bbq in minutes. You can liven up the kebabs up by using a variety of tasty sauces such as cheese sauce, tomato relish and just plain old butter and salt. For fruit kebabs, serve with cool fresh whipping cream on the side.
Roasted potatoes are delicious, and wrapping a number of them in foil for roasting in the charcoal embers is a great idea. Provide a variety of vegetarian fillings such as vegetarian chilli, 3 bean salads, cheese and hummus.
Vegetarian barbecues are often more exciting than meaty ones – simply because there is more care taken with side dishes and more ingenuity is needed to create interesting dishes. It just proves that you don’t need burgers, steak and sausages to make it all go with a swing! If you need to cater for meat eaters as well as vegetarians then it’s vital to provide two cooking areas; as awkward as this may seem to you. It’s very important to allow the vegetarians a meat-free cooking surface because some don’t like to eat food which has been cooked next to or even on the same grill as meat. It is also a good way of keeping the flow of food up for some time so that everyone can chow down with no awkward pauses in between courses!