Archive for August, 2011

Vegan grilling guide

August 21, 2011

If you are vegan it does not mean there is no barbecue for you. Only if you are raw vegan. Otherwise there are lots of tasty recipes for grilling vegan food.

 

There are some interesting tips to follow when preapring veggies on grill

 

* Always start with a clean, oiled grill.

 

* Brush all the sides of the vegetables lightly with sunflower or canola oil. (Save expensive olive oil for drizzling over the vegetables after grilling.)

 

* Grill over a hot fire, but not too hot. Kafka offers the “four-second test” to gauge the temperature: If you can hold your palm two inches above the grill for a full four seconds, but no longer, the grill is ready for cooking.* Leave a little space between the vegetables to ensure even cooking. If the coals begin to flare up, move the vegetables aside and wait for the flames to subside before continuing.

 

* Use marinades to deepen flavours. But don’t leave the vegetables soaking in the marinade for more than a half-hour or so; otherwise they will get soggy.

 

 

For detailed instructions read full article: Vegetarian grilling guide

 

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Crema

8 ears of corn, husks on but silk removed

 

Chipotle Crema:

2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo

1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream (use vegan version with tofu sour cream)

Salt

2 limes, cut into wedges

 

Soak the corn by placing it in a large stockpot filled with water. (Use the kitchen sink if you have to.)

Allow the corn to soak for 20 minutes then remove from water, shake and squeeze tightly to remove excess water.

Meanwhile prepare the crema by puréeing the sour cream, salt and chipotles in a food processor.

Heat the grill to high and close the lid. Wait 15 minutes and lower heat to medium high. Place the corn on the grill rack and grill ears for five minutes. Turn the corn over and grill for another five minutes. Remove from grill and let rest another five minutes, keeping barbecue on with the lid closed. Pull back the husks to expose the corn kernels. Increase the grill temperature to high. Close the grill lid and allow the kernels to char for about five minutes per side, or until they are dark and golden brown on all sides. Remove the corn from the grill.

To serve, slather corn with chipotle crema and finish with a squeeze of lime

What about you? How do you grill your veggies or your favorite tofu?