12 Jun 2007

Time to BBQ

Whether you live where it is Summer or where you have sunny Winter days, there is nothing nicer than to have friends around for a Vegan BBQ (Braai as it is called in South Africa and Barbie as it is called in Australia).

You can have something as simple as Vegan burgers, sausages and salads, or really get creative with a variety of BBQ'd veggies, salads, summer soups and desserts.

Being BBQ time, PETA are running a Sizzling Summer BBQ Recipe Contest , where you can win a Turbo Sport infrared stainless steel portable grill and other prizes. So send in your favorite Vegan BBQ recipes. Get them in by 4th July. Have fun!

Try some of the ideas out below or check my tags in my side panel for many other ideas:

South African Fired and Stuffed Butternut

1 small butternut, the rounder the better (1 small butternut per person)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1 handful bread crumbs
1 small tomato, grated1
1 small red pepper, chopped
Vegan feta type cheese (optional)
2 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed with salt
a sprinkle of fresh rosemary
a sprinkle of fresh basil
a sprinkle of fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste.

Chop the top of the butternut off, and scoop out all the seeds as if you were making a Halloween pumpkin. Do not peel the butternut. Stuff the butternut with the ingredients set out above.
Make sure that they are well mixed, but put the Vegan feta cheese on the top. Place the top of the butternut back on top, so that it acts as a lid. Wrap the tightly butternut in tinfoil. Place on the open coals of a fire. Turn occasionally. Remove from the fire about half an hour later. When unwrapped, the butternut should be soft, and the skin blackened. Don't forget to eat the skin, as it will be wonderfully soft and sweet.

Stuffed Onions with Vegetables
From The Vegetarian Network Victoria, Australia.

6 medium onions
1 tin corn kernels or fresh kermals from one cob
1 small red capsicum
1 small squash
3 small mushrooms
fresh turmeric grated
pinch cumin, coriander seeds, garamasala

Peel onions leaving root end intact to hold the onion together. Carefully pull centres from onions, leaving about three external layers intact. Drop onions into boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes, drain upside down. Cook reserved onion with oil and spices. Add remaining vegetable ingredients. Mix well until all ingredients take on colour of turmeric. Fill onion shells with mixture. Wrap onions individually in aluminum foil. Barbeque until filling is heated through.

Grilled Seitan With Crisp Apple Salsa

For the Salsa:
2 cups diced Fiji apples
1 Anaheim chile pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup diced yellow onion
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp peeled and finely slivered fresh ginger
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Seitan:
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup apple cider
1/2 tsp grated lime zest
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
2 tbsps olive oil
1 lb. seitan (Try White Wave’s wheat meat.)

For the Salsa: Combine all the ingredients and allow the flavors to blend for approximately 30 minutes.
For the Seitan: Combine the wine, apple cider, lime zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil and pour over the seitan. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and grill over medium-hot coals, turning once, until done. Serve with the salsa. Makes 4 servings.

Tasty BBQ Corn on the Cob
Submitted by Deann
"This is corn on the cob cooked on the grill with spices and butter. It makes for a yummy side dish to any meal! Try it with fresh garlic and onion."

1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tspdried oregano
1 pinch onion powder
cayenne pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup vegan marg, softened
6 ears corn, husked and cleaned

In a medium bowl, mix together the chili powder, oregano, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Blend in the softened marg. Apply this mixture to each ear of corn, and place each ear onto a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap the corn. Wrap like a burrito, and twist the ends to close. Place wrapped corn on the preheated grill, and cook 20 to 30 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork. Turn corn occasionally during cooking.



Naomi said...

This is a great idea Jackie. Didn't know they did that in South Africa. More people should try a vegan bbq. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes.

aTxVegn said...

Grilled seitan is going to be next grilled dinner. I hope I remember to come back and get the butternut squash recipe in the fall so I can eat the skin!

dreamy said...

It's so nice to have so many vegan alternatives in ur country, here we dun have things like ready-to-eat vegan burgers, substitutes are also harder to find but luckily mock meats are widely available.

Like to see more BBQ recipes :) Any easy to make ones with more common ingredients? :P I love to have a BBQ with my friends and change their mindset about veg food.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

A vegan bbq sounds awesome & these look like great recipes. Thanks for posting them, & thanks for letting us know about the PETA contest.

Marion said...

love BBQ'd corn! But I have never tried squash on the Barbie...your recipe sounds delectable. It's one of my favourite vegetables...the skin sounds terrific!

urban vegan said...

I don't have a terrace--so I have to make do with my grill pan. But I adore the taste of BBQ.

Anonymous said...

sounds good!

KleoPatra said...

BBQ anything and grilled anything and roasted anything veg are my fave ways to eat most foodstuffs!! YAY!!! i wish we could have a vegan barbecue together, Jackie. Maybe some day?!?!

Thanks for the head's up on the PeTA thing and for the recipes!! Eating the skin from the butternut... never done that before... Hmmmmmmm!

Sheila said...

The corn grilled is great with just butter and salt, but this version sounds doubly better. Although not a vegan, I do love grilled veggies and this is a great post for this time of year in the U.S.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the visit everyone.

Dreamy your "cows with guns" is brilliant, LOL. Hope my visitors watch it.

dreamy said...

I like the cows with guns too :) how I wish it was by me :P but it was produced by Bjørn-Magne Stuestøl, I wish I could produce such a nice animation!

Tracy said...

Thanks for the great recipes. Just what I need as inspiration for my camping trip coming up next week.

Jamie said...

Had the BBQ Seitan with apple salsa last night. Just Wonderful. Full of flavor and texture. Yum