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Animal-free treats: vegan barbecuing

At summer barbecues, no-one will have to go without. Not meat-eaters. Not vegetarians and not vegans. The foods on offer for each kind of diet are becoming ever more varied. Including for vegans. Those looking for a quick and easy meal can simply put a meat-free burger patty on the barbecue and make up their burger as they wish. Vegetable skewers offer more scope for creativity. Whether just vegetables or with added tofu: everyone can create their own just as they like. But which types of vegetable work particularly well on a skewer?
Courgettes
Diced courgettes are perfect for skewers. The Swiss love this vegetable which is related to the pumpkin. Courgettes should be barbecued for three to five minutes.

Tips and tricks

  • All of these vegetable variations can then either be eaten straight from the skewer or used to conjure up a roasted vegetable salad.
  • Sweet potatoes are also a great alternative for vegans. Wrap a whole sweet potato in aluminium foil and place it on the grill rack to cook for around 15 minutes until nice and soft. If the barbecue has a lid, it helps to close it during the cooking process.
  • Vegetables that contain a fair amount of water (such as courgettes) should not be barbecued for too long, otherwise they will be overcooked. It is best to brush them with a little oil beforehand to prevent too much water from evaporating.
  • The ideal barbecuing temperature for vegetables is between 160°C and 175°C.
  • It is best to cook combinations of vegetables that need to be barbecued for a similar length of time, such as peppers and courgettes or kohlrabi and carrots.
  • Vegetable skewers offer more scope for creativity. Whether just vegetables or with added tofu: everyone can create their own just as they like. Types of vegetable that work well on a skewer include courgettes, corn on the cob, onions, peppers and mushrooms. It is quickest to briefly pre-cook firm vegetables such as corn on the cob, carrots and kohlrabi. All of these can then either be eaten straight from the skewer or used to conjure up a roasted vegetable salad.

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