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Sunday, 26 August 2007

Waiter, there’s something in my… meatless barbecue!

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I have been waiting all week for the rain to stop so we could have a barbecue. It has really been ghastly - and to top it off, it was accompanied by strong winds.

But today, as if by magic, the clouds had evaporated and it was glorious. It was HOT!! It was bloody fantastic - summer again!
Time to whip off that barbie cover and fire up the coals!

And I'm just in time to join in Waiter, there's something in my... meatless barbecue!, which is being hosted by Jeanne at Cook Sister.

One of my favourite things to grill are these crispy, gooey, tangy skewers - which everyone seems to enjoy. We usually nibble on these while the rest of the meal is grilling.

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Grilled Cheese, Bread and Tomato Skewers
Amounts are a bit vague, but you get the idea!

Wooden skewers - soaked in water for an hour or so
Semi or sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, you can even use cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
French bread or ciabatta rolls
Cheese - either Edam or Monterrey Jack if you can get it, cut roughly into 1 inch cubes
Fresh basil leaves

Soak skewers.

Put a few tablespoons of the olive oil from the tomatoes in a large bowl and whisk in the garlic and salt and pepper.

Cut the bread into cubes, about 1"-1½", and toss in the olive oil until well coated. If you have a lot to make, you can add some extra, plain olive oil with a teaspoon of dried herbs, like oregano.

Thread the bread, cheese, basil and tomatoes alternately onto the skewers and grill for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is toasted.

Serve hot.

(Printable Recipe)

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Jacqueline Meldrum said...

This is my sort of barbeque!
Thank goodness, we are starting to get some good weather! (touch wood!)

Marie Rayner said...

Great Picture Nic! I am too late to get in on this one but thanks for the heads up on the does my blog look good in this challenge! I think I may have made that one just in time. It was ever so hard to pick one! I wish Todd liked to barbeque. Unfortunately he hates it. sigh ...

Nic said...

Hi there Holler - thanks for visiting! Hope the weather stays decent long enough so we can have some more barbecues!

Marie - you could always do the bbq yourself - why should men have all the fun anyway?!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These skewers are more than fantastic!! They would be an entire meal for me if I just added some corn on the cob on the side.All my favourites, basil, bread, cheese and tomatoes. Now...have me munching away, drinking raki and dancing to bazouka music overlooking the Agean Sea in Greece and the meal would be perfect!!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nicisme, I certainly get the idea - gonna make these next time I go to my father's house at the beach! Everyone is gonna love these!

Nic said...

Valli - I'm not sure about doing the dancing (I'll watch you, lol) but the rest sounds wonderful!

Patricia - how super to be able to go to your father's house at the beach, lucky you - hope you have a great time!

Jeanne said...

Oh YUM! These look fantastic and I am always in favour of things on sticks that you can serve hot off the grill as a starter/snack. I am guessing that haloumi cheese would also work? The pictures re mouth-watering too :) Thanks for taking part in WTSIM and hope to see you again next month.

Desde mi Atalaya said...

Uauuu its delicious these meatless barbecue, is very creative.
Nicisme i like so much your pictures, your blogs is wondefull!!!!