Monday, June 21, 2010

Your Clay Baker, Your BBQ, and You

Some people are a little baffled when it comes to vegan BBQ, but the truth is you can cook just about anything on a grill. One of my favourite thing to do is use clay bakeware to cook a variety of dishes. I love this little pig clay baker--perfect for potatoes. When you cook in a clay baker you can get rid of the aluminum foil and still get the same result. Pictured below are fingerling potatoes, tossed in a little olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
And here are some carrots, potatoes, and onions. Onions are a nice addition to any roasted vegetable since they come out very sweet and add great flavour.
And here is an Italian-style stew: veggies, white beans, and red wine, basted with a tomato sauce and baked without a lid in a high sided clay dish. If want to baste your veggies, make sure you use a warm liquid since adding something cold to hot clay will cause it to break.
The method is all pretty much the same. You toss the veggies in oil, then bake for about 40 mins, stirring the veggies regularly to keep them from burning to the bottom of the baker. You can use the lid or not. Keep the temperature at around 550 degrees, monitoring it with a thermometer like you see here.
And, of course, you can always grill some tofu.


Carrie said...

What a cute clay baker with the little piggy!

kmouse said...


Veg-In-Training said...

Now I feel I must have a clay baker. You are feeding my kitchen gadget/tool addiction here.

Sara said...

People do always seem amazed that as a vegetarian I love grilling! That last pic alone shows why - the flavor added by cooking something on an open fire is just too good to pass up! :)

Diana said...

Oh my goodness all those dishes look incredible.

I love how people are so confused by veganism but when you mention a few things that they eat on a regular basis that don't have animal products they are surprised. It's very easy to eat well, it's just the conscious choice to do it.

chow said...

Great idea to use the clay baker! I never would have thought of that, it looks delicious! :-)

Helen said...

cool post! perfect for summer. I want one of those little clay pigs, as I roast veggies all the time, in foil.

DJ Karma said...

Beautiful looking food! Thanks for the clay pot tip.

April said...

Vegan Dad,

I just found your site and love the great grilling ideas. I'd like to grill more, but need help with the veggie grilling ideas. It appears I have found some. - Thanks!

I like the idea of using clay on the grill, how simple is that!?!

I look forward to cruising around your blog.


April said...

I just had to say I grilled in my stoneware tonight and it was awesome! My husband gave rave reviews on the flavor of the veggies, with little seasoning...

I filled my stone with mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and zucchini. The zucchini was actually very good even though it was cooked so long at such a high temp. Superb!

We also added some homemade flat bread and pineapple slices on the grill. Beautiful grill marks.

I have a feeling my pretty stone will soon be charred from the grill, but that's okay - the heat's out of the kitchen - and the cookin's good!


Wholesome Chow said...

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Much love!

Wholesome Chow

Jenny said...

You have definitely made me want to go grill!