Serving vegetarians doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or creativity. Char Broilers are an excellent way to get that open-flame taste without ever needing an outdoor grill. There are many types of char broilers to choose from and by many popular brands like Bakers Pride, Vulcan, and Gen2. Use char broilers to go for a unique approach to your vegetarian menu items, and you’ll end up with a bevy of foods that are both delicious and vegetarian-friendly.
Herbs and spices can boost the flavor of any vegetarian meal. Baba ghanoush is a classic Levantine dish that features charbroiled, charred eggplant, which is then pulped and pureed, and with added spices becomes a wonderful spread for an appetizer. Chargrilled corn-on-the-cob makes for an excellent addition to a Southern or Southwestern meal; add a dusting of Cajun seasoning or garlic powder to give it a unique kick. Or, marinate a variety of charbroiled vegetables like zucchini, eggplants, leeks, and yellow pepper in a combination of olive oil, garlic, and basil, salt, pepper, and vinegar, and you’ll find that you have a vegetable medley that serves well as an antipasti plate or a complement to a main dish.
But don’t limit yourself to just side dishes. When it comes to vegetarian dishes, there are so many types of veggie burger to be had in the vegetarian world these days. Don’t limit yourself to hamburger-tasting soy or tofu substitutes. The spicy black bean burger; Italian-inspired veggie burger with basil, tomato, and cheese; falafel burgers with tzatziki sauce; lemon-basil tofu burgers; and of course the staple portobello are all vegetarian substitutes which are not only tasty, but offer variety in a world that doesn’t necessarily always cater to vegetarians.
With char broilers you can get that made-on-the-backyard-grill flavor without leaving the kitchen. Who knows? You may find that even some die-hard carnivores fall for the deliciousness of a vegetarian dish.