Vegetarian Options For A Summer BBQ

sweetIt’s a question you need to ask before catering for any event: does your client have any vegetarian guests you need to consider? Weddings, parties and other events, you’re sure to have some tricks up your sleeves over the years. But what about when it’s barbeque season and you’re likely to be cooking over a grill – or even roasting a hog?

With help from commercial catering supplies provider Nisbets, we’ve created a selection of dishes you can cook on a barbeque to cater for vegetarians – and that are so good and tempting that the meat-eaters won’t be able to resist either!

BBQ Camembert

Perfect for cooking en masse, a camembert is the ideal dish that can be prepped ahead, ordered and thrown on the grill – and ready in a matter of minutes. Simply stud the camembert with garlic and rosemary, score the top of the cheese, drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Barbeque for ten minutes (five on each side) and serve with chunky bread and a light tomato and basil salad.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Light and juicy, the Portobello mushroom will help you provide a low-cost vegetarian option when catering for your next event. The best thing though is you’ll have all of the ingredients already from the beef burger. Remove the stem and griddle the mushroom for 10-12 minutes on either side, and remove when it’s charred-through and ready for the bun. Lightly toast the bread roll, before adding a bed of little gem lettuce, red onions and tomatoes and top with the mushroom. Add a sprinkle of blue cheese for added depth of flavour, a dollop of aioli and top with the bun.

BBQ Corn with your choice of toppings

BBQ’d corn allows you to have more versatility than you think, and can help to make a hefty part of the vegetarian barbeque. There are a number of ways to grill corn, but our way is simple; place on a medium-heat grill, turning frequently, and char the outside. When it looks cooked through, try one of the following ways to serve:

  • Spread butter over the corn with a little salt and pepper. Simple and effective.
  • Coat with mayo and parmesan shavings.
  • Cover in olive oil, crumble over feta and black.
  • Whisk up some fresh basil pesto to coat the corn.
  • Go spicy with chili, mayo and lime.

Veggie Kebabs

No preferential treatment here – what you can do for carnivores you can do for herbivores. Kebabs are great for barbeques, as you can do all of the prep before hitting the venue – and they’re super quick to cook if you’ve got a large number of guests to cater for. So what should you include on your veggie kebabs? You may want to consider a meat replacement such as tofu or halloumi, and any number of veggies work well too, including peppers, button mushrooms, onions and courgettes. Gather your chosen ingredients, and marinade them for an hour in lime juice, chilli powder and soy sauce, before griddling for ten minutes.

BBQ Baked Sweet Potatoes

A satisfying side or a bold main course, BBQ baked sweet potatoes will be welcomed by any client on any menu – and couldn’t be easier to cook on commercial barbecues. To prep for an event, lightly oil the outside of the sweet potato, season and wrap in foil. Keep it cooking on the coals (it should only need 20 minutes) and serve as and when your customers need them.

Top with any of the following to please veggie customers:

  • Sour cream, spring onions and chives.
  • BBQ sauce and smoked cheese.
  • Five-bean chilli.
  • Tomato, basil and mozzarella.

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