Friday, May 24, 2013

Zesty Onion Hero

A Hero. This memorial day, go thank one!

Maybe with this hero. The sandwich. Which was supposed to be all grilled, but it was raining, so it's roasted instead. Oh well.

My favorite thing about cook outs is the grilled vegetables. Nice and caramelized, little crisp bits on the ends. I am not a vegetarian, but a grilled veggie sandwich is heaven. The best thing about this is that you can modify this for however many people you need to feed.

Zesty Onion Hero
serves 2

Long rolls
1 bunch scallions
1 bell pepper
1/2 an onion
1/2 an eggplant
1/4 cup fresh salsa
Zesty Onion Olive Oil
salt and pepper
4 slices pepperjack cheese

Slice the veggies very thinly. Just trim the hairy bits off the scallions. Toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch salt. Set aside to marinate for at least ten minutes. You will need a grill basket for the best results, but a bit of folded tin foil will do the job in a pinch.

Heat your grill, this doesn't have to be super hot just for veggies. Do this while you are doing other things. Keep this off the direct heat unless you want truly crispy vegetables.

Brush the bread with oil and lightly grill. Just a little. Set the veggies down on the grill and sprinkle with a bit of cumin and black pepper. Depending on your heat level, it shouldn't take more than 5 to 10 minutes to finish off. Toss them around with tongs to keep the scallions from burning. Everything should be well browned.

Top your roll with cheese and pile on the veggies. Scoop on a tablespoon or two of fresh salsa and bite into spicy, crisp, cook-out heaven.

Other good add ins are portobello mushrooms. asparagus, green beans, broccoli rabe, spinach or watercress. And of course, bits of chicken if you want it. But don't leave off the scallions! It sounds odd, but it is the best! Just ask Greg at Sippity Sup. (He gave me the first idea to grill scallions, waaayyy back in February.)

So thank a hero and eat good food. Happy Memorial Day all!

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