Holidays can pose a challenge, when you’re cooking for both vegetarians/vegans and omnivores. It’s easy to get stressed about feeding veg guests, if you’re used to grilling typical American 4th of July fare. If you’re vegan, and have omni folks coming over, you might find yourself worrying that they won’t be satisfied with the usual veg cookout staples. Starting today, and for the rest of the week, I’ll have vegan recipes that are perfect for making July 4th a festive and delicious occasion for all your guests.
Grilled Cauliflower, Mushrooms, and Asparagus w/Citrus, Dill, and Bitters
1 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp braggs
2 tsp fresh dill weed, minced
1 tsp Angostura bitters
zest from 1 lemon, finely grated
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 head cauliflower
2 lb large mushrooms
2 lb asparagus
Whisk together all ingredients, except the vegetables, and pour into a large, shallow dish (I used my broiler pan). Remove, and discard, the leaves and stem from the cauliflower. Wash the cauli, then slice the whole head into 3/4-1 inch thick slices. Don’t worry if some of the florets separate. Gently dredge the cauliflower in the marinade, then cook on a medium-high grill. I used my grill pan, but indirect heat on a gas or charcoal grill will work great, too. If you’re using an outdoor grill, place a layer of foil over the grill grate, then put the cauli on that, so the pieces don’t fall through. You’ll lose out on the grill lines, but will still get all of the wonderful flavor. Cook until the cauliflower is as tender as you like (anywhere from 5-20 minutes).
Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Toss them in the marinade. Grill top-side down, directly on the grill grate, for 3-5 minutes. Use a tongs to turn 1/4 turn and grill an additional 2-3 minutes. Then flip the mushrooms and grill another 8-10 minutes, again, until they are cooked to your likeness.
Trim the ends of the asparagus and wash it well. Toss the stalks in the marinade and grill for 7-9 minutes, turning every minute or so, until it is bright green and beginning to brown.
|Want to take grilled vegetables in another direction?
How about these grilled veggie sandwiches?