Q: My husband are throwing a 4th of July party for our friends. I am a vegetarian and my husband is not very good with the BBQ, nor does he want to cook during our party. It seems that everyone expects BBQ at this type of thing, but there's got to be something else. I don't mind hard work in the food preparation and I don't mind ideas with meat (I just won't eat it). Can anyone recommend ideas?
Sent by Allison
Editor: Allison, we understand about the BBQ thing. For years we didn't have a grill and so the wonders of chargrilled foods were pretty much lost to us. If you don't have a grill, no problem. There are lots of good ideas out there. One fun idea is tamales! You could even have your friends help stuff and steam them, or else do them ahead. Here's one recipe for yummy tamales (no one will miss the meat).
• How To Make Vegan Corn Tamales
• And to complement them: Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers with Basil Oil (pictured above)
However, if you do have a grill, what about grilling some vegetable skewers and some smoked sausages? The sausages are already cooked; you don't have to worry about them being raw. Just get some smoky flavor and heat on them. The vegetables are also hard to mess up.
• Vegetarian Skewers Five Ways
Readers, do you have any advice for Allison?
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