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Grilled Baby Vegetables with Garlic-Saffron Butter

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8-10 servings
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Baby zucchini squash are becoming more popular at summer farmers’ markets, and they make a gorgeous presentation. You can also make this recipe with regular zucchini and summer squash: Simply cut into half-moon shapes about ½ inch thick and cook directly on your grill (no need to parcook ahead of time).

Check out this page for more delicious summer recipe ideas using seasonal fruits and vegetables.


2 tablespoons salt, plus extra for vegetables
1 pound baby carrots
1 pound whole baby zucchini
1 pound whole baby pattypan squash
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Garlic–Saffron Butter (see accompanying recipe)

For vegetables: Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt, then add carrots, zucchini, and squash; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender (carrots may need an additional few minutes, depending on thickness). Drain. Plunge vegetables into ice water to stop cooking, and drain again.

Submerge 12 wooden skewers in water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat grill for direct medium heat.

Thread vegetables onto skewers. Brush with oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness. Serve warm with Garlic–Saffron Butter.

Garlic–Saffron Butter

1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Try this flavored butter on anything grilled: veggies, chicken, fish, or bread.

For Garlic-Saffron Butter: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, warm wine for 4 to 5 minutes, or until just steaming. Pour into a heatproof cup; sprinkle saffron threads over top and stir. Set aside.

Return saucepan to heat; add oil and garlic. Cook, stirring, until garlic is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour saffron-wine mix back into pan and whisk together; then set aside to cool.

Using an electric or stand mixer, beat butter, parsley, salt, and pepper at medium speed until blended. Gradually add in wine mixture, beating until liquid is incorporated. Chill in an airtight container for at least 40 minutes, or until firm.

Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

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Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann