Grilled Vegetables with a Tangy Sauce

★★★★★ 5 Reviews
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By Susan Feliciano
from Oak Ridge, TN

I love making up flavorful sauces for marinating and basting. I used to try to avoid things that required basting, but after doing it a few times and noticing the difference in the finished product, I am now a fan! This sauce contains Sorghum - a molasses-type syrup made from the American Sorghum Cane plant. I get mine from a Mennonite village in Monterey, TN, where they make it with horse-drawn presses and wood-fired boilers. You can get a similar effect by mixing equal parts of molasses and dark Karo syrup, but it's really worth the effort to find and use sorghum. Sometimes farmers markets will have it, or historical villages, or you can try ordering it on-line. Look for the Guenther Family in Monterey, TN.

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These vegetables were fresh and flavorful without the sauce. But, that sauce! The sauce takes these up a level or two. I would suggest marinating the vegetables in the sauce to allow the flavors to meld together a little more. Delicious!!!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 3-4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Grill

Ingredients

  •   1/2 c
    apple cider vinegar
  •   1/4 c
    sorghum (or substitute - see note)
  •   1/4 c
    olive oil
  •   1/4 tsp
    red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  •   1/2 tsp
    ground coriander
  •   3-4 c
    various vegetables cut in large cubes - squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms
  •   1
    skewer for each serving. If using wood or bamboo skewers, soak them first in water for 30 minutes.
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How To Make

  • 1
    Mix together the vinegar, sorghum, olive oil, red pepper, and ground coriander; a blender makes this very quick. Set aside.
  • 2
    Thread the vegetables alternately on skewers, filling skewer as full as practical. Place skewers in a dish to catch drips, and baste well on all sides with the sauce.
  • 3
    Heat grill or broiler. Grill vegetables, turning and basting occasionally with more sauce. Cook until done to your liking. Test thick vegetables for doneness with the tines of a fork - the tines should pierce through easily.
  • 4
    Serve vegetables with additional sauce, if desired.
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