July 9, 2012 -
Grill Great Veggies
All you grill-meisters out there might be masters of the meat and marinade domain, but when was the last time you grilled up a veggie dish worthy of a wonderful review? Spice Executive Chef Brandon Walukas offers up some tricks for your summer harvest in this super-simple “to taste” recipe, all while answering that age-old gardener’s question, “What the hell am I supposed to do with all this zucchini?”
GRILLED ZUCCHINI + CORN
Yield: 12 portions
Please use this as a guideline and not an exact recipe. “Tt” stands for “to taste.”
3 large zucchini
6 ears sweet corn
1 head of garlic
1 bunch basil
Tt sea salt
Tt black pepper, fresh cracked
Tt extra virgin olive oil
Tt vinegar, cider or white balsamic
- Cut zucchini into quarters lengthwise, then cut at a 45-degree angle along the center of the squash to remove the seeded area.
- Season zucchini quarters with salt and pepper and allow to sit for an hour.
- Get a charcoal grill going, and allow all the coals to get white hot.
- Shuck the corn and leave on the cob.
- Mince the garlic and create a paste with about 1 tsp of salt and work the paste on your cutting board with the side of the blade of your knife.
- Grill the zukes, flesh side down until grill marks are very obvious, do not grill skin side, it gets very bitter.
- Grill sweet corn, just long enough to blister the skins and slightly char the kernels but they should still be crisp.
- While the veggies are still a little warm but cool enough to handle, chop the zukes, and cut the corn away from the cob.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweet corn, zukes and about 1 tsp of garlic paste and ¼ c chopped basil, a drizzle of olive oil and season to taste with salt and fresh cracked pepper.
- Allow to sit at room temp after being mixed well and taste again after about an hour. Re-season and brighten up a bit if need be with more garlic and the smallest splash of vinegar.
Editor’s note: This recipe will soon be published in the LEAF Community cookbook. Support your local food organizations!