Summer is officially here! That means it’s time to lug your barbecue out to your patio or garden, fire up the grill and serve up some mean eats to your friends and family. Who doesn’t enjoy the smoky flavours of food freshly cooked on a hot barbecue?
If you’re expecting vegetarian guests at your upcoming BBQ, not to worry. We’ve got five veggie-based barbecue ideas for you to try out, many of which will also appeal to the meat lovers out there. Read on…
Vegan Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are a classic barbecue staple, one that can be enjoyed even by those with a plant-based diet. Not sure where to get your hands on vegan hot dogs? Check out your local supermarkets, many of which have an impressive vegan selection.
This vegan hot dog recipe is packed with herbs and chargrilled veg like carrots, corn and onions, with a side of vegan mayo, gherkins and a mixed salad to make this a complete meal. It’s a quick and easy recipe, and can even be made on a griddle if you don’t have a grill.
A popular street food, Mexican elotes are grilled corn on the cob generously smothered in mayo cream sauce and sprinkled with chili powder, cheese and lime. They’re perfect to serve up at your next barbecue, especially if you have guests who enjoy food on the spicier side.
This recipe shows you how to make Mexican elotes with little effort. It calls for cayenne pepper, feta cheese and Mexican crema made from scratch. Another great thing about this recipe – it’s gluten-free!
Halloumi is a semi-soft cheese that mixes goat’s milk and sheep’s milk. Its high melting point means it stays solid after being heated, making it a protein-rich meat substitute perfect for the grill.
This halloumi burger recipe is sure to be a hit even with the meat lovers in your family. All you need for this recipe is halloumi cheese, brioche buns, hummus, a large tomato, lettuce and tomato salsa, with olive oil to add extra flavour to the halloumi slices.
Tandoori Paneer Skewers
We’ve got another veg-based cheese recipe for you, one that’s an alternative to traditional grilled kabob skewers. Enter the paneer skewers, which make good use of paneer, an Indian cheese made from curdled milk. Like halloumi, paneer doesn’t melt, so it’s perfect for the barbecue.
This recipe guides you through preparing your own mouth watering tandoori paneer skewers, along with a fresh yoghurt, mint and cucumber salad to serve on the side. This recipe is so easy to make, and the skewers certainly don’t skimp on tandoori flavour.
Aubergine is ridiculously tasty when grilled on a barbecue. It’s even more flavourful when you add a tantalising mix of condiments, as this Malay-inspired aubergine recipe does.
This recipe features homemade ketjap manis, a sweet soy sauce that you can also buy from the shops if you want to skip a step. Coriander, red chilies and spring onions add further flavour to this warm, savoury-sweet aubergine salad.
Will you be trying any of these recipes?
Until next time…