There are now quite a lot of exciting options for vegetarians at barbecues – vegetarian sausages smothered in ketchup and cheese for the less refined, or home-made, bright, interesting salads and veggie burgers flavoured with interesting spices for those with a more culinary leaning.
Even simple, golden slabs of fried halloumi can feel summery and decadent.
No wonder, as Tesco says in a press release, demands for the veggie option at BBQs have gone up by 20 per cent.
Tesco has decided to take the herbivorous diet literally by launching cauliflower and mushroom ‘steaks’, presumably following on from the trend of faking pasta by cutting up a courgette.
They said: “BBQ parties are set to become a whole lot more exciting for vegetarians.
“While veggie burgers and sausages have been around for years Monday will see the launch of the UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom BBQ steaks.”
These ‘steaks’ are just literally slabs of the vegetable, accompanied by some sauce.
Now, we haven’t tried these yet, but they make a Quorn-stuffed bap seem if not more interesting, more substantial.
Before we make up our minds, let’s hear more from Tesco:
“We’ve decided to help by creating the UK’s first ever cauliflower and Portobello mushroom steaks which we believe is an irresistibly delicious option that not only to vegetarians but also to meat eaters.
“The cauliflower steak comes with a zingy lemon and garlic drizzle while the portobello mushroom comes with a sumptous peppercorn sauce.
“Cauliflower steaks and portobello mushroom burgers are already very popular in trendy restaurants around the country and in recipes from celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver but this is the first time they’ve ever been available in high street supermarkets.”
Despite being ‘trendy’ and ‘irresistible’, seeing a portobello mushroom at a BBQ will surely bring back traumatic memories for any vegetarian who has ordered a veggie burger and been presented with a single, sad portobello mushroom in brioche.