We’ve reached that point in the summer when I start dreaming about all things fall. From the cooler temperatures, to autumn produce, I am absolutely ready for the new season to arrive. However, living in central North Carolina, the weather doesn’t tend to cooperate until at least the end of September. My solution? Turning to dishes that are light and fresh, yet also a touch cozy.
Like today’s recipe. Polenta, one of my favorite comfort foods, is grilled on skewers along with plenty of fresh veggies and halloumi cheese. The kabobs get nicely charred and tender, and are served with a lemon basil yogurt sauce on the side for dipping. It’s a perfect meal for that transition between summer and fall.
One of the main things to remember when making kabobs is to cut all the components to approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. Use your judgment as you prep all the veggies in particular. For example, if your mushrooms are really small, you may consider just leaving them whole. You also want to be gentle when threading the halloumi onto the skewers – it will break into pieces if you use too much force.
Over the next several months as the weather starts to cool down, I tend to use my indoor grill pan or griddle instead of heading outside. Here are some general tips to keep in mind for indoor grilling as summer begins to wind to a close:
1. Allow your grill pan or griddle to get nice and hot before placing anything on the surface.
2. Once you add your kabobs (or other items) to the hot pan, only turn or flip them every few minutes. This helps allow nice char marks to develop. You don’t want to constantly turn kabobs or flip veggies in the pan.
3. Know your stove. In my kitchen, I start with the pan on medium high heat, but need to turn it down to about medium as items cook. If anything starts to char too fast, turn down the heat.
4. Ventilation is important. I need to keep my cooktop fan on high when grilling, but it will depend on your specific kitchen setup.Print
Grilled kabobs filled with polenta, halloumi cheese and plenty of fresh veggies. Served with a bright lemon basil yogurt sauce for dipping.
If using wooden skewers, soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour before threading.
The skewers can also be cooked on an outdoor grill (I prefer to use a grill pan or piece of foil when grilling skewers outside).
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