So, the summer is almost over. There are maybe a few days of sunshine left to us, but as the nights draw in a little each week and the air gets colder, it’s easy to feel summer slipping away. Let’s go for a last hurrah of a summer barbecue – the kind that a vegetarian can enjoy!
There are often a lot of difficulties involved in barbecues for vegetarians. Honestly, when I get invited over to someone’s house for a barbecue, normally I just decline. It’s a lot of hassle – the whole garden will stink of meat, no matter where you sit, and everyone is eating it as they chat. You will see them eating sausages with their fingers, and then feel the horror of someone going to shake your hand or pass you something… eugh. Not only that, but there’s also the danger of the well-meaning friend who gets you some veggie burgers or sausages and then sticks them right on the same barbecue as the meat – it’s difficult to have to explain to them that you can’t eat them!
Making a barbecue veggie friendly is not too hard, though. Your main tool is going to be tinfoil. With tinfoil in hand, you can make defences against all contamination. Just wrap your food up in a nice little tinfoil nest, giving room for the smoke to escape but stopping any fat from spitting in. Pop that on the barbecue and you are good to go, no matter what else might be sitting on the grill.
So what can a vegetarian eat at a barbecue? All of these pictures are from a recent family barbecue, and every single item is vegetarian friendly. We had veggie burgers, potatoes in garlic, halloumi cheese, and sweetcorn, as well as some sausages and Quorn products. All of this cooks very nicely on the barbecue and hardly takes any time at all. The best part? It won’t be dangerous to eat if you get the timings wrong and don’t cook it all the way through…
You can also try making your own skewers with tomatoes, cheese, olives, roasted peppers and onions if you like. Or how about putting a tray of garlic mushrooms on? You can make all kinds of different veggie burgers, and top them with crunchy, fresh salad.
The food we ate on this sunny summer evening was absolutely delicious. I’ve already spoken about the melt in the middle Quorn burgers that we ate, but my favourite part had to be the sweetcorn. I just love hot, buttery corn eaten fresh off the barbecue! It’s one of my favourite side dishes and takes barely any preparation at all – plus it’s really fun to eat. If you are planning a veggie-friendly barbecue, I really recommend it!