We’re in the home stretch of summer, but that certainly doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop grilling. While hamburgers and hot dogs may be your go-to barbecue ingredients, why not bring something new to the grill? Foodtown’s produce aisle is lined with fresh and seasonal grillable vegetables that may surprise you, sure to take your end-of-summer barbecues to the next level.
Tips for Grilling Vegetables
Grilling vegetables is very similar to grilling proteins, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure perfectly charred and tasty results. Follow these simple tips:
- Use Oil. Vegetables can dry out quickly on the grill. Using oil not only helps to keep them from drying out, but it serves as a “glue” for any seasoning you might be using. Plus, it helps to prevent vegetables from sticking.
- Season. Like proteins, vegetables should be seasoned prior to grilling. While you can sprinkle with salt and pepper just before they hit the grill, allowing them to marinate for about half an hour prior to grilling allows the vegetables to soak in as much flavor as possible. In addition to salt and pepper, try teriyaki sauce, dressings, or any rubs or sauces that you might use on proteins.
- Stand By. Vegetables can burn quickly. If placed directly on the grill, it is important to monitor the cooking progress of your vegetables to avoid overcooking. If you don’t feel like babysitting the grill, opt for foil packet preparation or invest in a grill basket. These tools allow you to step away for a few minutes.
Shop Grill-Friendly Vegetables at Your Local Foodtown Grocery Store
Committed to stocking our produce department with a fresh and high-quality selection, shoppers will have no trouble bringing something new and flavorful to the grill. Paired with our high-quality meat department and versatile seafood market, summer grilling has never been more delicious. Plan your visit today!