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Surprising Tips for Grilling Veggies

In a new video by Jamie Oliver, he demonstrates some methods for grilling vegetables that are pretty enlightening.

It’s that harvest time of year. Back to school, Friday night lights, the first bite of autumn in the air, zucchini, peppers, onions and fennel still growing in the garden…

Good thing grilling can be a part of autumn too.

If so, why not create some grilled vegetable dishes? I just watched this video of Jamie Oliver grilling some vegetables, and I was surprised by a few of his suggestions. (The Naked Chef was even grilling on a rooftop, I think in the rain…anyway it looked gray and he had a big poncho or something on. He says, “That’s what it’s like to be British. Making the best of things like rain and charcoal.”)

Right off the bat, I have been doing it wrong. Jamie says to NEVER slather veggies with olive oil before they hit the grill. Just put them on the grill dry, and let them get charred.

It’s AFTER the veggies come off the grill that you would kiss them with some good olive oil and some really good vinegar for the acid element. At that point, you can put them in a dish and shave some garlic over top, or lemon, and/or some herbs for a Mediterranean flavor profile.

Great idea and a great way to use the end-of-summer harvest.



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charlie (not verified)
on Oct 24, 2012

I don't agree. When i roast vegetables over open flame i marinate them in soy, toasted sesame oil and chopped garlic. Keep the oil very light as it will burn on the grill but some smoke is good. The trick is to 1/2 cook the veggies and put them in a container with a lid while still hot. After grilling and all the veggies are in a bowl season with more oil and fresh herbs or garlic. The trick is to get the flavor ingredients onto the hot veggies when their cell structure is expanded. As they cool they will absorb flavorings and finish cooking .

kevinpatrick123 (not verified)
on Oct 25, 2013

I am a food lover and I do try different dishes at home. I am more interested in making non-vegetarian dishes. I will try this for sure and will get back to you with my reviews. Thanks for sharing us and keep posting the updates.
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Tara Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Food Management and has been a full time staff editor since 2008. She covers food, culinary and menu trends. Favorite food? “Lox on a bagel....
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