Perfect for an August dinner, grilled veggies and crispy coleslaw are sure to please. Portobello mushrooms are meaty and easy to grill. The key is to make sure they are properly marinated. I think 24 hours is perfect but 8 hours is the minimum.
The coleslaw recipe is adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. The key here is to salt the cabbage and let sit in a colander for 1 to 4 hours. It makes a huge difference. I really enjoyed this recipe as it is not heavily laden with mayonnaise and is quite refreshing just as coleslaw should be.
Marinade for Vegetable Skewers
Makes 1 Cup, enough for 4 skewers
4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup EVOO
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp. thyme
Whisk all ingredients together. You can use any vegetables you want.
I like the combination of yellow squash, red onion, portobelllo mushrooms, red bell peppers and green bell peppers. Marinate the mushrooms for at least 8 hours or as long as overnight. Place a colander over a bowl. Drain the mushrooms reserving the marinade.
Transfer the marinade to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Marinate the remaining vegetables and marinate for 1 hour, at room temperature. Drain the vegetables
Skewer the marinated vegetables with the portobello mushrooms. Grill the skwers over medium to low heat for 5 minutes per side.
Buttermilk Coleslaw adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
1 pound cabbage, shredded and salted
(see instructions for salting below) with 1 tsp salt
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 fennel bulb, shredded
5 Tbsp. minced chives or 3 green onions, chopped fine
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cider vinegar
2 shallots, minced (or 2 Tbsp. freeze-dried)
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, rough chop or just whole leaves
To salt the cabbage, toss the cabbage and salt together in a colander. Set the colander over a bowl or in a sink and let it drain for 1 to 4 hours. Wrap the cabbage in a large kitchen towel and dry slightly. Place into a large mixing bowl and add the carrots, fennel, chives and shallots. Save the parsley until just before serving.
Mix together the remaining ingredients to make the dressing, whisk them well and pour over the vegetables. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes so that it gets nice and cold.
Just before serving, add the parsley and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Coleslaw will be good for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.