2nd Jul 2015

Fire up your grill this holiday weekend and break out the vintage casserole dishes! Plant-based barbecues along with all the fixin’s are quite the hit this summer. Forget veggie burger patties and boring sides, we have some great ideas to make your summer cookout absolutely delicious.

Classic Sides

From coleslaw to potato salad, everyone loves a classic side dish for a summer cookout. Classic definitely doesn’t mean boring — Spanky’s Kitchen has some great ideas that will spice up those side dishes!

One way to bring in a smoky flavor to your classic side dishes is by adding grilled vegetables. For instance, grill your potatoes for a tasty smoked potato salad. You can also add some pizzazz to your coleslaw by including grilled broccoli florets and carrots. Plus, grill onions and add to your macaroni salad recipe for a caramelized flavor.

Grilling vegetables and serving them as stand alone sides is always a crowd pleaser. Corn is one of the most popular side dishes that everyone loves at a cookout. Sprinkle an ear of corn with unique seasonings, wrap in foil and grill. We’re big fans of Grilled Jamaican Jerk Corn. You can also try grilling other veggies like sweet potatoes, artichokes and even lettuce! These Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime are guaranteed to be a hit.

Delicious Sandwiches and Kebabs

Get creative! Don’t just stick to store bought veggie burger patties for a cookout — make your own. Beans are a great source of protein and easy to make into a patty. Get busy in the kitchen and make your own black bean and veggie burger patties at home. Plus, the patties are easy to freeze and can be used at future cookouts.

If you’re looking to add flavor to your sandwiches and kebabs, Spanky’s Kitchen suggests using fruit. You can get everyone involved when making kebabs — even the kids! Skewer tofu, red bell pepper, pineapple and onion for a kebab option. Another unique idea is using fruit to recreate the classic barbecue sandwich. These BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw sound divine!

Decadent Desserts

Of course, we recommend a Spanky’s Kitchen brownie for a decadent, sweet treat after a summer cookout. We also enjoy putting our grill to use for dessert. Fruit is always delicious when grilled. For instance, you can use peaches, pineapple, figs, bananas, pears and many other fruits. Simply top these fruits with nuts, syrups and other toppings of your choice to create a sweet and savory dessert option at your next summer cookout.

If you need more inspiration for your next summer cookout, Huffington Post released 21 vegan barbecue staples to delight any herbivore. Have a happy summer and bon appetit!

Chef Steven Tedesco (a.k.a. Spanky)