Everyone knows how great meat is on the grill, but it is also true that many types of vegetables taste better grilled than they do cooked in any other way. Grilling kabobs is an excellent way to make the most of this and make sure you get some tasty and healthy veggies into your diet as well.
Getting the Best Vegetables
The best vegetables for grilling must be heartier than salad vegetables (radishes, cucumbers, etc.) but lighter than most roots and tubers (potatoes, parsnips, etc.), although these heavier veggies can still be grilled as long as you boil them a bit at first to soften them up.
Here’s a list of what I think the best vegetables for kabobs are:
- Bell peppers
- Summer squash
- Thick asparagus
Getting the Grill Ready
Kabobs need medium direct heat since you are grilling small pieces of food. So if you are grilling steaks or any other food that needs high heat, it’s best to cook them beforehand and let the grill cool down a bit before you put on the kabobs.
Prepping the Vegetables
You need to cut the veggies into small enough pieces that they can easily be skewered and fit on the grill, but not to small that they risk tearing and falling off. Here’s what I do for the vegetables:
- Cut the top off the peppers, clean out the inside of seeds, and then cut them into small chunks.
- Chop the onions into 8 – 16 pieces.
- Slice the squash into thick chunks.
- Slice the mushrooms into thick pieces, then cut them smaller if you need to.
- Slice the thick asparagus into pieces that will be able to hold up on the skewer.
I must add right here that you can also add small chunks of whatever kind of meat you want into kabobs as well.
Skewer all the food and cover with olive oil, salt, and pepper. If the grill is ready, throw them on. Turn the kabobs every 3-5 minutes. Depending on the heat, it will take somewhere between 15 and 25 minutes for the kabobs to cook. You want a little char, but don’t burn them. Make sure everything has softened.
Grilling Kabobs… and More!
The method I gave you will leave you with some tasty kabobs. If you skewered some meat as well, you’ll have a full meal right there. Otherwise, you might as well throw on some steak or chicken as long as you have the grill going!