Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Grilled Mediterranean Medley

There's something about grill marks that turns everyday veggies into something spectacular. If looks aren't enough, here's a great taste secret. A splash of sweetly mellow balsamic vinegar enhances flavor. This recipes uses summer squashes, peppers, and onions. Squashes of any kind are always a challenge at my house, but this recipe is so delicious that it always disappears. You'll notice I don't even mention squash in the title. Sometimes, it's best not to mention individual ingredients!


1 tsp olive oil
1 small zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1 yellow summer squash, sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1 green summer squash, sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1/2 red pepper, sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1/2 red onion, sliced lengthwise into 1/2" strips
1 clove garlic, minced (1/2 tsp)
1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, with sundried tomato and basil
salt and pepper to taste


Heat olive oil in a grill pan. Spread all veggies in grill pan, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, and grill on one side until grill marks can be seen. Turn veggies over, sprinkle with more balsamic vinegar, and grill until grill marks are visible. This recipe can also be cooked on a grill. If using grill, toss veggies with olive oil before cooking, then thread them on skewers to make turning easier. Test to see if veggies are cooked through. When done, cut veggies into smaller chunks, toss with feta cheese, and season to taste.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Grill marks can make foods more attractive. Restaurants go to great lengths to make their presentation look good - with good reason. We're more likely to try, and enjoy, foods that look good!

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