There is nothing quite as delicious as food cooked over an open flame. When you’re the proud owner of a backyard fire pit, there is no need to escape to the woods to taste that fire-roasted goodness. Not a carnivore? Not a problem. Check out the following list of the best vegetarian fire pit recipes.
1. Chili lime corn on the cob. Nothing invokes those fond summer memories of county fairs quite like the scent of fire-roasted corn. Combine this nostalgic treat with chili and lime for a tangy heat that will tickle your taste buds. You’ll need the following ingredients:
• 4 ears shucked corn
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Wrap individual ears of corn in tin foil. Cook the corn until tender over the fire (7-10 minutes). In a microwave or fire-friendly pan, melt the butter and stir in chili powder, lime rind, salt and black pepper. Brush over the corn cobs and enjoy.
2. Baked sweet potatoes. Looking for the perfect accent to pair with some grilled portabella steaks? Fire-roasted baked sweet potatoes are a delicious delight and a healthier alternative to classic baked potatoes. All you need is a few simple ingredients and pieces of tin foil.
• 1 medium sweet potato per person
• ½ tsp olive oil per potato
• 1 small container of Greek yogurt or sour cream
• 1 green onion, sliced
• salt and pepper to taste
Rub olive oil over each sweet potato and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Wrap each sweet potato in tin foil and place in the flame. Cook for about 15 minutes, then turn over and cook for additional 15 minutes. Potatoes are cooked when they are slightly soft all the way through. Remove from fire and cut a slit into the top of each potato. Garnish with yogurt or sour cream and onions and enjoy.
3. Foil packet roasted veggies. Roasting veggies in a foil packet is one of the tastiest ways to sneak some healthy nutrients into any backyard BBQ or fire pit meal. Simply cut up seasonal veggies and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, wrap it up and place it in the fire. If you need a little shopping list:
• 1 sweet or yellow onion, sliced
• 1 yellow squash, cubed
• 1 zucchini, cubed
• 1 head cauliflower, sliced
Gather the veggies in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a sheet of tin foil and double wrap and secure all the sides closed. Cook over flame until veggies are soft, anywhere from 30-45 minutes. For added flavor, try adding Parmesan or goat cheese. Improvise with your favorite spices for extra oomph.
4. Open fire nachos. Nachos are always a crowd favorite and you will love the added element of an open flame. This tasty snack is perfect for a late summer BBQ, backyard birthday party or really any occasion. The beauty of nachos is that there is plenty of room to improvise, but if you like to plan ahead the following shopping list can be super helpful:
• 1 bag tortilla chips
• 1 can black beans
• 1 can sliced black olives
• 1 can corn kernels
• 1 bag shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese
• 2 diced tomatoes
• 2 cups shredded lettuce
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 small container sour cream
Place a grate over your fire pit. In a large cast iron skillet add chips, beans (drained), black olives (drained), and corn (drained) and top with half the bag of cheese. Place skillet on grate and keep a watchful eye. Once the cheese starts to melt, add additional cheese to taste. Once all the cheese is perfectly melted, remove the skillet from the flame and add tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, and sour cream to your nachos.
Cooking in your backyard is a great way to enjoy your patio and outdoor cooking station and with your stone fire pit at the center of the party, it’s sure to be a blast. Whether you want a healthy but tasty way to eat your veggies or a party snack to satisfy everyone’s cravings, the best backyard chef knows a few fire pit recipes are always crowd pleasers—vegetarian or not.