With Father’s Day right around the corner you might want to add a couple more side dishes to your menu if you’ll be having a cookout. Here’s a few inexpensive and simple to make ideas that are always a hit and look quite impressive.
Nothing is more inviting than a big platter of grilled vegetables, it’s colorful, healthy and there’s something for everyone and they go with everything! I toss or brush my veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper then stick them on the grill, this all can be done the day before.
After they cool down I like to store my veggies in a large container in layers between sheets of foil, just get them to room temperature before serving.
I like to serve them with a dip of some sort, one of my favorites is this Feta and Red Pepper Dip. It’s adapted from an old Cooks Illustrated recipe. So simple to make, everything goes into a food processor, the flavors are fantastic and go wonderful with the grilled veggies. (recipe below)
I grilled up some asparagus, broccolini, red pepper, cauliflower, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and slices of red potatoes.
Another popular side are these Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Whole Garlic Cloves.
I like using the plum tomatoes because you only need a couple on your plate, and they too go with everything. The thing that takes them over the top is the addition of whole roasted garlic cloves, they’re soft, sweet and when mingled with the oil and tomato juice, my oh my!
I roast the peeled garlic cloves ahead of time in a foil packet, just drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper and some herbs if you like. Fold up the packet, roast at 375 for around 45 minutes or until soft.
For the tomatoes, use 6 or 7 plums, cut in half lengthwise and placed in a shallow baking dish with 1/2 cup of olive oil, fresh thyme, rosemary, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Distribute the pre-roasted garlic all around and roast at 400 degrees until tomatoes start to burst and the juices begin to mingle with the oil. You could then finish it off by placing the pan under the broiler for a few seconds for a deeper color, but don’t walk away, keep watching. Garnish with fresh snipped basil.
Here’s an oldie but goodie in my archives. Grilled Potato and Asparagus Napoleon, it’s layered with tangy goat cheese and grilled red pepper and garnished with balsamic glaze and olives, so easy to make and it tastes out of this world good!
And last but not least, cut up those grilled veggies and toss them into a nice big Grilled Vegetable Salad, you can’t go wrong with that!
- 8 oz. Feta cheese
- 1 6 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
- juice of ½ lemon
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- Blend everything into a food processor until mostly smooth.
- Pour into a bowl, drizzle with oilve oil and garnish with basil.