Sweet-and-Spicy Grilled Vegetables With Burrata
A colorful platter of soft, grilled vegetables in a sweet-and-spicy sauce can be the centerpiece of a light summery meal; just add some creamy cheese for richness and crusty bread to round things out. This recipe is extremely adaptable. You mix and match the vegetables, increasing the amounts of your favorites (or the ones you can get your hands on), and skipping anything you don’t have. And if your grill is large enough, you can make several different kinds of vegetables at the same time. Just don’t crowd them so they cook evenly.
- Serves: 6 persons
- ¼cup chopped raisins, preferably golden, or dried apricots
- ⅔cup white wine vinegar or cider vinegar (or a combination)
- 2tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
- 1tablespoon fish sauce or colatura (optional)
- ¼teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2to 3 bell peppers, quartered, stems and seeds removed
- 1to 2 zucchini or summer squash, sliced diagonally 1/2-inch thick
- 1small eggplant, sliced diagonally 1/2-inch thick
- 2to 4 ears yellow corn, shucked
- 8ounces mushrooms, trimmed and halved or quartered
- 1bunch thick asparagus, ends snapped
- 8ounces cherry tomatoes, preferably still on the vine
- 2small burrata or fresh mozzarella balls, or 2 cups fresh ricotta
- Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Basil or mint leaves, for serving
- Crusty bread slices
Step 1Make the sauce: Put raisins or apricots in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, honey, fish sauce or colatura (if using), red-pepper flakes and salt. Bring to a boil, then let simmer until the mixture reduces slightly, about 3 minutes. Immediately pour over the raisins and let cool. Taste and stir in a little more honey if the sauce is too harsh. (Sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead and stored in the refrigerator.)
Step 2Prepare the vegetables: Oil the grill grate and light the grill. Have a serving platter at the ready.
Step 3Grill the peppers, zucchini, eggplant and corn directly on the grate, in batches if necessary, and turning them as needed. Move them around the grate so they cook evenly. Cook until they are lightly charred, watching them carefully, 5 to 12 minutes, depending on the vegetable.
Step 4To grill the mushrooms and asparagus, place them in a grilling basket if you have one, or put directly on the grill. (Arrange the asparagus perpendicular to the grates so they don’t fall through.) Grill, turning as needed, until charred all over, 6 to 10 minutes. Grill the cherry tomatoes, using the vine as a handle if possible, for 1 to 2 minutes, until they start to burst and char slightly. Transfer all the vegetables as they cook directly to the serving platter.
Step 5Add the cheese to the platter next to the vegetables. Immediately drizzle everything with some of the sauce, stirring it up to get the raisins, and with olive oil. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and pepper and scatter the herbs generously on top. Serve the extra sauce and the bread alongside for making crostini with some of the vegetables and more of the tangy sauce.