How to Grill A Tomato (or any Vegetable, for that matter)!
Grilled Homegrown Vegetables!
Do you love growing and cooking your own tomatoes and vegetables? Even if you do not grow your on produce, you will enjoy grilling seasonal fruits and vegetables using my recipe.
This past summer, I had a squash, some tomatoes (grew them myself) and an eggplant that were really fresh and were perfect to be grilled!
This is how I cooked them on my outdoor grill:
I cut the squash and the eggplant in half lengthwise. I cut the tomatoes in half crosswise--see the images in the photo gallery below. I then brushed the prepared vegetables with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and black pepper.
Do not be afraid to try different seasonings (like oregano or garlic) in this recipe. But do not leave out the balsamic vinegar--That one ingredient is the reason these vegetables were so very good!
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Summertime is the very best season to grill vegetable. The farmer's markets and vegetable stands are loaded with the freshest bounty you can find anywhere. Luckily in the South, the growing season is a long one and I have been known to grill vegetables and fruits in November or early December. However, if you have a good grocery store with produce that you trust, you could grill all year long -- weather permitting.
This is my recipe for grilling vegetables. I adapted it from a recipe I found in Real Simple magazine.
Prep Time: 5 minutes to mix the sauce
Total Time: depends on how fast your grill heats up!
- 1/2 cup good olive oil
- 2 tablespoons best quality balsamic vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
- Brush mixture on the sliced or cubed vegetables
- Grill 4 minutes on each side on a medium hot grill; brush a few times with the olive oil/vinegar mixture while cooking
Good Balsamic Vinegar
One way to know you're purchasing a quality product is to look for a seal from the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (CABM). To read more about balsamic vinegar click Balsamic Vinegar - Ask Susan - GoodHousekeeping.com.
This product received "Honorable Mention" from Good Housekeeping. The brand that won (Star Balsamic Vinegar of Modena ($3.49 for 8.5 oz), cannot be purchased on Amazon at this time.
This is the brand that I use from Kirkland. I get mine at the local Costco, but if this wonderful warehouse is not near by you, it is available on Amazon. This vinegar is just thick enough to help coat the vegetables. It is also a good choice when making a salad dressing. I highiy recommend this product.
Mickie_G's Outdoor Cooking Adventure--grilling vegetables outdoors! - Click on images to view larger size and commentsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Vegetables and Fruits You Can Grill:
Some veggies that are great for grilling on the BBQ :
- Homegrown Tomatoes--all kinds
- Onions--I love the sweet taste of grilled onions
- Homegrown Bell Peppers-- n a rainbow of colors
- Garden Fresh Squash-Yellow or Zucchini
- Corn on the Cob--do not be afraid to use olive oil instead of butter!
- You can buy the poster of
- the Aubergines (Eggplants) at AllPosters.com
Fruits that are great to grill:
- Peaches--put in a dish and add ice cream for a delish dessert!
- Pineapple (particularly good on pork kabobs)
Image of peaches by tannazie on flickr
Yum! Fresh Ripe Tomatoes for Grilling!
Tell me about your adventures in grilling tomatoes and other vegetables on your grill. Feel free to share your grilling tips, too!