Sunday, 28 June 2015

Oh no, there's a vegetarian coming to my barbecue!

Barbecues, at least in the UK can be a meat filled affair.  Often filled with sadly disappointing sausages and burgers as dry as a hockey puck.  Ok, not my barbecues, even my meaty ones are better than that but once in a while, why not limit the amount of meat?

At least when you do have the unexpected vegetarian turn up, you might realise it's not all that scary and have a few ideas up your sleeve.  Maybe, you might be tempted to stray away from the usual ribs and bangers?

This is a massive amount of food and even as a meat eater, I didn't miss meat at all.

Vegetarian Barbecue - Serves 1 generously

Mushroom and Stilton Burger

1 large mushroom
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh parsley
1 tsp fresh basil
1 ciabatta roll
Crumbled Stilton and baby spinach to serve

Drizzle the mushroom with oil and sprinkle with the herbs.  Allow the oil to sink in.  Grill on a barbecue until browned and softened.

Split the ciabatta roll and put in the mushroom.  Sprinkle on the Stilton and the spinach leaves and serve.

Grilled corn

2 frozen corn cobbettes

Allow the corn to defrost then grill on the barbecue until hot and browned in patches.

Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Grilled Halloumi and asparagus


100g, 4oz Halloumi
A few thin asparagus spears
A drizzle of olive oil

To serve
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 dried chilli
A squeeze of lemon juice


Bring some water to the boil then add in the asparagus and cook for 1 minute only.  Drain and cool under a cold tap until fully cold.

Crumble up the chilli and leave to soak in 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil.

Slice the halloumi.

Drizzle the asparagus with some olive oil and put the asparagus and halloumi onto the barbecue.  Grill until both are browned.

Squeeze over lemon juice and drizzle with the chilli oil to serve.

Want even more recipe ideas for vegetarians on the barbecue?  Why not try these?

Paneer Tikka, Indian, marinaded cheese which doesn't melt.

Paprika halloumi skewers, spiced up skewers cunningly threaded length ways to lessen the risk of falling off!


  1. Yummy, I can't wait to try these perfectly balanced ingredients..I think I have the odd kilo of Stilton in the fridge or freezer... surprisingly.

  2. Loving the mushrooms and the corn. Looks really tasty

  3. Great ideas! I have a couple of veggie friends, and it's really worth making the effort for them, as you say, it's surprising how you can made great meals without meat too. Though, my husband begs to differ...!

    1. I was surprised how much I enjoyed my veggie barbecue. If the rain ever stops, I can't wait to have another.

  4. This title made me laugh! My parents are vegetarian and used to the usual lack of choice so there are some good ideas for them.

    1. Thank you! I have a lot of veggie friends so catering over the years has made me more open to it. I also don't really see the need to eat meat all the time if the veggie food tastes as good as this!


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