A vegetarian barbecue, you say? Why that’s impossible! There would be nothing to barbecue!
Last weekend I experienced the most delicious barbecue of my life. This involved sitting on my parents’ back deck in close to 30 degree weather, sipping on Blomidon Estates Rose and completely rolling over and accepting summer. I just hope summer is willing to stick around and keep forcing itself upon us.
A simple mixture of red and yellow bell peppers, along with red onion, tossed in oil and balsamic grilled/roasted at the same time on the Q lead to one delicious accompaniment to our Yves brand sweet Italian veggie sausages. We pan roasted some chopped cherry tomatoes along with garlic, green onion and olive oil to top the sausages. The red onions ended up on my sausage, along with some sweet-hot hickory farms mustard I found in my parents’ fridge (what a delightful surprise). What is that delectable looking cheese also atop my vegetarian sausage, you ask, well, let me tell you: it is grated Fox Hill peppercorn gouda. Are you missing the meat yet? Because I’m not. Not even close. These Yves brand sausages are amazing, I don’t know how they do it, the texture is somewhat like a real sausage. Someone explain this magic to me.
Also on the plate, grilled local asparagus and a fresh summer salad I threw together with local mesclun greens from Hutton Family Farms, grape tomatoes, red pepper, green onion, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, local Ida Red apples, topped with sliced strawberries and crumbled Ran-Cher Acres chives goat cheese. A simple balsamic vinaigrette did the trick.
A chilled bottle of Rose really topped of this perfect vegetarian barbecue feast. Also being enjoyed by me on a regular basis lately, barbecued Yves garden delight veggie burgers. Throw some avocado salsa on there with roasted peppers and some spicy dijon, a grilled multigrain bun … all the deliciousness you could ever want out of your barbecue.
Since the hot weather has graced us with its presence I have reverted back to my chilled Pinot ways – like the Aussies do it.
Photo bonus: Matt Mays concert at Petite Riviere winery!