Veggie skewers

These skewers are delicious braaied over the coals. Serve as a side dish with a plant-based protein, like the Carrot and bean patties.

Ready in

1 hour 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 2 – 3 as a meal or 4 – 6 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 125 g button mushrooms, halved
  • 3 baby marrows, thickly sliced
  • 200 g baby tomatoes
  • 1 green, yellow or red pepper, seeded and cut into large cubes
  • 15-20 bay or fresh lemon or lime leaves (optional)
  • 8-10 metal skewers or wooden kebab sticks, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive or canola oil
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) each chopped fresh thyme, origanum and parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt

Method

  1. Place mushrooms in a shallow dish and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 8-10 minutes. This will prevent them from breaking apart when skewered. Drain well and pat dry.
  2. Thread mushrooms and the other veggies onto skewers or kebabs sticks, alternating the different kinds of veggies for a colourful end result. Add 1-2 bay, lemon or lime leaves in between veggies.
  3. Mix oil, lemon juice and rind, herbs and garlic together and season with pepper.
  4. Brush oil mixture onto skewers on all sides and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. Season skewers with salt.
  5. Grill over medium to low coals or until the veggies are just cooked, but not too soft. Brush with more of the marinade, while braaiing, if necessary.
  6. These kebabs can be served with the Pea and yoghurt dip or Cottage cheese dip (see tips). Serve with a protein-rich vegetarian dish for a balanced meal, like the Chunky roasted veggies with beans or Brown rice and lentils with green veggies.
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Tips

  1. Add pineapple to the skewers for a sweet flavour – it is delicious with pork or chicken.
  2. A pinch of cumin or paprika or a chopped chilli can be added to the oil mixture if preferred. For a different flavour add 1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated fresh ginger or add 1 tsp (5 ml) mild mustard to the oil mixture.
  3. Pea and yoghurt dip: Rinse 1 cup (250 ml) frozen peas in water. Drain well and blend with ¼ cup (60 ml) plain low-fat yoghurt and 1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh mint until smooth. Season with about ½ tsp (2,5 ml) lemon juice or to taste and black pepper. Serve as a dip with these skewers or any fresh veggie sticks. Serves 4 – 6.
  4. Cottage cheese dip: Season 1 cup (250 ml) plain smooth low-fat cottage cheese with 3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped fresh parsley and 2 tsp (10 ml) wholegrain mustard. Enjoy as a dip with these skewers or any other veggie dish. It is also delicious as a sauce with a salad, side dish or meat. Serves 6.

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 4th edition: Braai

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