Friday, January 20, 2012

Spark It Up...The Grill That Is

I know, I know it is January which is not synonymous with grilling but why not???  Summer winds down and we vow to keep grilling all year long and then we abandon the grill and leave it out there in the freezing -or not so freezing temperatures in Jersey lately - cold.  Lonely and abandoned we look at it from the kitchen window and say to ourselves can't wait till we can fire up the grill again.  Why wait for the break in the temperature the flavor of the grill is so familiar and delicious.  It never disappoints, it always satisfies.

Quiet down that craving for something flame kissed on the barbie and make some veggies juts like I did last night.  It was so delicious and fresh.  The smell of the grill wafted through the air and clung to my clothes.  My neighbors probably thought I was crazy but I think they think I'm crazy even when the grill is off.   My grilling session spectacular and the end result veggie stacks to compliment a big bowl of lentil soup  - because some of us are still celebrating soup season too!

January Veggie Stacks 
1 Lg. Eggplant (sliced in thick rounds)
Zucchini (sliced medium in rounds)
1 Lg. Vidalia Onion (sliced thick in rounds)
5 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
4 Portabella Mushrooms (gills removed)
4 Slices of Wet Mozzarella

Place the eggplant, zucchini, onion and garlic in a container with a tight fitting lid or Zip Lock bag
Season with salt/pepper
In a small bowl whisk together the oil and vinegar
Season with salt/pepper
Sour over the veggies to coat evenly
Secure lid or zip the baggie
Refrigerate for 4 hours
Remove veggies from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature
Grill the eggplant, zucchini and onion till soft about 5-7 minutes per side
Season the inside of each Portabella mushroom with salt/pepper and lightly coat with vegetable oil
Grill mushrooms for about 5-7 minutes per side
Allow all veggies to cool for a few minutes

Assemble the stacks
Portabella, mozzarella, a small grind of salt/pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant
Repeat till all stacks are assembled and serve alongside a bowl of lentil soup or salad

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