Hold on to your tongs, ladies and gentleman. It’s grillin’ time.
Last week I polled you for Mangia Paleo’s first ever reader choice recipe. The grilled veggie platter won 45% of the votes on Facebook and email. No worries, though. The runner-up chicken wings and egg cups will make a blog appearance in the future.
My grilled italian veggies are gonna blow you away. Save this recipe for your summer picnics. It serves 6 and is wicked easy to double up. Sure, you’ve probably made grilled veggies before. This platter is different. Note the combo of veggies. That’s important. Little bit of tender squash, little bit of sweet onion, little bit of soft eggplant, little bit of crunchy pepper, and a little bit of earthy asparagus. The platter has it all. I’ve also got some tips for you including what I put on top. This is where I write my introduction to entice you to keep reading. It’s pointless because you’ll probably just scroll down to see what I’m talking about anyways. Here are the tips that make these veggies stand out.
Tip #1 – Use a grill mat
My dad discovered this paper thin piece of heaven. It’s a gem! You place the mat on the grill. Then place the veggies on the mat. Nothing falls through the grates. Nothing sticks. AND it leaves grill marks. What the what?! You can search online but here’s an Amazon link for the lazy.
Tip #2 – Get saucy
Roasted veggies with little seasoning is cool and all. But have you tried to sauce it up? I always need something to enhance veggies. Am I the only one who thinks vegetables can be super boring by themselves? Blending roasted red peppers is a yummy way to add a smoother texture to the grilled veggies AND making them more interesting.
Adding red pepper sauce on top of red peppers is kind of like wrapping pork in bacon. It’s the same ingredient in a different form making it even more delicious.
Laura, what makes this Italian? Hey paisano, do I really need to tell ya? These veggies are all popular in Italian cooking. Additionally the roasted red pepper sauce brings that bright flavor and color most Italian dishes represent. As my blog shows you by now, it’s not all about the pasta and pizza. Italian cuisine highlights fresh veggies and herbs all the time!
After I wrote this recipe I realized something… it’s totally vegan. Whaaaat am I doing? Bring on the meat. Pair this with a steak and we’re good to go. Or load up on this rainbow of food. After all the healthiest way to eat is by eating all the colors.
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