SAN DIEGO – One of the highlights of the summer season is the incredible bounty of fresh produce, and grilling these vegetables gives them a smoky, delicious dimension. Chef BBQ Naz, a grilling expert, shares some simple tips for flavor perfection.
When preparing vegetables, slice them to expose as much of the vegetable to the grill surface as you can.
Coat vegetables with olive oil before placing them on the grill. This will help prevent them from sticking to the grill.
Use the right tool for the job. Accessories like grill toppers and skewers are perfect for keeping smaller foods like cherry tomatoes and onions from rolling around or falling through the grate.
Don’t leave vegetables unattended. Vegetables are delicate and can easily overcook if not monitored.
Grill extras. Leftover grilled vegetables are great in soups, salads, sandwiches and on pizzas and pasta.
When grilling vegetables, consider this popular recipe.
Grilled Zucchini Rolls
• 3 medium zucchinis, sliced 1/4-inch thick, lengthwise
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 4 ounces chevre (soft goat cheese), at room temperature
• Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
• Pinch of kosher salt
• 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed and minced
• 1 teaspoon oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
• 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Preheat the grill on medium. Brush both sides of sliced zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on the grill and cook for 4 minutes per side.
When cooked, set on a wire rack to cool.
In a small bowl, combine the chevre, salt, pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, oil and thyme. Using a small spatula, spread the cheese mixture thinly over one side of the zucchini. Lightly roll the zucchini, and place seam side down on a small, parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place baking sheet on top rack of the grill for 15 minutes.
Remove to a platter and serve.
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