You have chosen a date for a barbecue, the weather forecast is good, and everyone has been invited. But what do you do about the vegetarians among your guests?
Happily, there are plenty of tasty options you can offer them as many vegetarian food recipes taste just as good outdoors. At Big K our wide range of products means that whether you want a masonry barbecue, a concrete or brick barbecue or items for an ideal outdoor summer kitchen, we should be able to satisfy your needs. Our products can help you create delicious dishes for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Here are some of the vegetarian options you could consider for your summer barbecue.
If you do want to maintain the traditional feel and offer your vegetarian guests a burger, you can buy them ready-made from a supermarket, but it is often more fun to make your own. You could use grilled aubergine with halloumi and pesto as a filling. Beetroot and chilli offer a spicy alternative, but will need to be cooked on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes each side. Mushrooms can also act as the main filling for a burger, perhaps flavoured with garlic or mozzarella cheese.
Corn on the cob is something you can really get your teeth into. They are even tastier if you partly cook them in boiling water the day before – then all you need do on the day itself is barbecue them on a high heat for about five minutes, until the kernels have started to pop. You can serve them with melted butter, black pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Other vegetables which you can easily grill on a barbecue, and which can be served as part of a main or a side dish, include whole peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions, carrots and asparagus. We recommend that where suitable the vegetables are sliced first and cooked slowly; you can also wrap them in packets of foil and cook them directly on the hot charcoal.
Just because it’s a barbecue doesn’t mean it all has to be about burgers and buns. Grilled vegetable kebabs are an equally tasty alternative.
You can mix together onions, peppers and mushrooms, season them with an olive oil and herb mixture, and they only take about five minutes to cook on the barbecue. Another combination that works equally well is halloumi cheese, sage and new potatoes, although you will need to boil the last ingredient in water for about 15 minutes first.
Cooking vegetables, particularly smaller ones, on a skewer, can help keep them in one place, making them easier to barbecue. Serving them on skewers or a stick can also help your guests, as it can avoid the problem of sticky fingers, and it cuts down on all the mess afterwards too! At Big K we sell BBQ skewers complete with prongs and wooden handle.
Even your meat-eating guests will appreciate a lighter, healthy option. Tomato-based salads are easy to put together. They can be accompanied with oregano or basil or, if you have a little more time, grilled avocado and mozzarella cheese. You will need to do them in advance, however, as these salads always taste better if they have been given an hour or two to chill properly. Chickpeas can also make an unusual alternative type of salad. Using a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil will help to soften them up, and they can be served with parsley and a sliced red onion for flavouring.
At Big K we sell a wide range of barbecue accessories, including fuel and tools, as well concrete, brick and masonry barbecues. Click on the link to discover more about our comprehensive range of barbecue-related products.