Sunday, August 14, 2011

BBQ Vegetables Solution

I love BBQ and vegetables.. wouldn't it be heaven if I can combine the two. I'm tired of the usual same old side vegetables like corn, peppers, onions, tomatoes that comes along with having a barbeque. Why not asparagus, or okra!

Here is a great tip I discovered from Barbeque Master show I once saw at PBS. Which is using skewers and arrange the vegetables in a "raft" which makes cooking them in the grill super easy!


Line the veggies and insert one skewer

Now add the second skewer to make a raft

Finished product

Smear some olive oil and season with salt and pepper -- Yum!

Stuffed Grapeleaves -- "Dolmas"

These yummy appetizers can be either vegetarian or with a meat. It really is up to you! :) In this recipe I added ground meat instead of lamb, which the traditional dolmas usually calls for.

Stuffed Grapeleaves -- Dolmas

  • 1 jar of grapeleaves ( you can buy this at any Mediterrean store)
  • 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice and lemon zest
  • 1 cup of cooked white or brown rice
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • Combine ground beef, rice, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion

  • Make an assembly line and place pinch size amount of the mixture on grapeleaves

  • Roll each side and then the bottom, like a burrito roll and place in a greased pot

  • Once the bottom is fully covered with rolled grapeleaves, layer the top with grapeleaf pieces and begin the 2nd tier of rolled grapeleaves.
  • Place a small plate on the very top of the pot for weight and to keep the dolmas in place

  • Slowly pour chicken stock and simmer partial closed lid for 1 hour in medium heat

  • Serve hot or cold, either way it's tasty!