A Summer Birthday
Our friend Mike had his birthday party over the weekend and we brought one of our favorite appetizers. I like this recipe because it is fast and everyone just loves the wood fired flavor and look of this dish.
There will be times when you are not going to use your wood fired oven for a party in your house, because you just want to make something quick and delicious to bring to a friend’s home or a family gathering somewhere else.
In this case you don’t need to build up a lot of heat in the oven. I just wanted to quickly grill some vegetables, so Peter built a small fire while I prepared the marinating sauce and cut the veggies. In about 30 minutes, the fire was reduced to a nice bed of hot coals and I placed a grill over it.
Over the grill (with legs) I placed a metal tray with holes I got at William Sonoma (see photo below). It comes handy when you grill mushrooms, for example, because they all stay in one place and are easy to handle.
You can use any vegetables you like and/or have available. Onions and eggplants are particularly good.
Grilled Vegetables with Anna’s Marinating Sauce
- 3 or 4 small onions
- 2 medium zucchini
- 3 small Italian eggplants
- 1 green or red bell pepper
- 15 white mushrooms
- 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbs fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tbs dry oregano
- 3 tbs red balsamic vinegar
- 8 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
Cut the vegetables lengthwise, so it is easier to grill them. Set them aside. Mix the salt and the vinegar in a bowl, adding all the chopped up herbs. Then add the olive oil.
Place the grill with legs inside the oven on top of the bed of coals. Slide the metal tray with the vegetables on top of the grill. Check at intervals of 4-5 minutes or so, turning when done. Keep the metal door of the oven up against the arch so that it keeps the heat inside the oven, but still leaves the air in.
When the vegetables are done, pour the marinating sauce over them while still hot. Place in a nice plate, garnish, and you are ready to party!