Easter Recipes: Veggie Packets & Fruit Ka-bobs

Easter with the Luzas has shifted over the last few years from a BBQ feast–with a lot of wee-hours-of-the-morning cooking–to a hamburgers/hot-dogs lunch. It’s not as yummy, but it’s a lot less work, especially for a devoted few.

Last year, I honestly don’t remember what I ate. I probably took veggie patties and soy dogs.

This year, we were only going to be there for the one/big meal, so I opted for veggie packets and fruit kabobs. Along with chips, this was our contribution to the family meal.

Veggie Packets

prep:

  • Chop onion into ~8 sections; with it’s natural layers, grabbing a wedge for each packet will be easy.
  • Chop or slice vegetables for ease of scooping 1/4 cup portions.
  • To make ~40 packets, this took me ~2 hours.

assemble:

  • two layers of foil
  • 1/4 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup sliced yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 small wedge of onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • a pinch of thyme
  • salt & pepper

Double-fold the packets along the top and then fold in the ends.

cook:

  • Grill over a hot fire for ~15 minutes.
  • Our grills were VERY hot that day, so we put them on the top rack.
  • In our case, they were done when the foil started to change color.

Fruit Ka-bobs

Thanks for my friends on Twitter and facebook, I knew what fruits would grill well!

prep:

Clean and cut fruit into wedges big enough to slide onto skewers and not fall between the slats on the grill. This took me about an hour.

ingredients:

  • apples
  • pears
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • mango (given the size of the mango pit, this was by-far the hardest to work with)

prep:

Soak wooden skewers in water to keep them fire resistant. Some also advised soaking the fruit in water to prevent burning.

cook:

  • Have each person assemble their favorites into a ka-bob.
  • Sprinkle a little sugar on each ka-bob.
  • Grill over a hot flame for ~5 minutes, turning one time.
  • You know they are done when the fruit has grill marks.

The apples and pears will taste like bites of pie. The strawberries are unlike any I’d ever had.

I can’t speak to the pineapple or mango since I can’t stand the stuff, but it was quickly claimed when we packed up after lunch and divided all the leftovers!

YUM!

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