Vylius Blauzdavičius: there is no bad weather for grilling or why autumn is the best time for flavor experiments?

Even though the smell of baking food in the air instantly transports us to summer, the cold weather has no potential. This A great incentive for a pleasant evening gathering by the fire, and the taste of autumn goods and combinations can surprise even the biggest gourmets. Famous chef and Lidl grill expert Vylius Blauzdavičius is convinced of this.

Have you counted how many times you have to bake and cook during the summer?

I usually bake probably every other day, and at the weekend I use both Friday and Sunday, because that’s my job. But I also had a more intense period where I would fire up the grill every Friday and only finish it on Sunday. This is how I am always connected to the grill every weekend. And while most people associate grilling over the fire with summer, I love fall, when the smoke of the hot grill complements the already cold weather. Then I pulled out my own recipe that was special for this season.

What’s the most unexpected dish you’ve ever cooked? Or maybe you remember some surprising combination of flavors?

In fact, the most unexpected thing, maybe not only for me, but also for my environment, was the burnt vegetable soup. The point is very simple – you burn vegetables, grind, add juice and voila. It looks like you’re eating meat, but it’s a great dish even for vegetarians or vegans. I would think that this is probably the most unexpected combination of flavors for the date, which whoever tasted it could not guess the real ingredients and the preparation process. But you already know – you can try. Also, this recipe is good because you can use any vegetables, and you don’t need to buy anything special. Or if you’re shopping, you can browse stores for the best prices and seasonal selections.

In the past, there was usually a certain person in the family or clan who was responsible for frying dishes, because not everyone knew how to prepare and prepare food for grilling. But now it seems that to grill anyone can, because there are all kinds of tools and ready-made products just need to bake. Do you notice this change?

Yes, the change is clear, sharp and very visible. It is heavily influenced by what is popular green eggs or else it comes from a Ceramic Grill. Now we have grilling experts on every yard and it’s really fun. Europe rarely boasts a variety of flavors and recipes for baked goods. Finally, the market is also adapting, the supply of various products for grilling on the fire is increasing. Working as a grill expert at Lidl, I noticed that a variety of cheeses for the grill became especially popular, and meat or fish patties replaced the usual shishlik for us. We are not afraid to experiment, we combine jam and poultry, marinate fruits or mushrooms.

Can you tell grilling season lasts all year?

“There’s never a bad time to grill” – I often say that to myself, but it’s always seasonal and different dishes. As an example, we like hot dogs in the summer, and stews are popular in the cold. Around October, different types of smoking begin: from pork to salmon. In general, I don’t think grills should be locked away in a garage or shed, even when it’s cold. For me, winter is a wonderful time to cook outside. Cold feet, warm hands, slow smoke. Romance!

What is the difference between grilling food in summer and winter or fall? What do you recommend to consider?

In winter and autumn, I recommend choosing dishes that will not cool down quickly due to the cold weather. For example, if you are grilling a hamburger or a hot dog, before taking everything off the grill, before putting it together and combining it with other toppings, it is possible that you should eat the dish that has been cooled. And in autumn and winter, we usually expect warmth from food, so that not only happiness, but also body heat. Therefore, my recommendation is to immediately choose a safer and more suitable option. As I said, it can be all kinds of stews, or slow-cooked – ribs, minced meat. It is also perfect for all recipes that require preparation sharp The dish pot will surely guarantee not only a delicious dinner with your loved ones, but also help to create and complement the mood in the dark winter or autumn evening.

If people get out of the grill only once a season, for some special occasion, what recipe would you definitely recommend trying?

I would definitely go for the beef cheeks myself. This is a very time consuming but delicious dish. A minute after tasting, you immediately realize that you spent your time not in vain. This dish is special because it is not only intended for grilling, but it is suitable for a campfire or a simple grill, because everything can be prepared and then put in the stew. This would be my choice to recommend to anyone for a special occasion. Plus, the food is perfect for the start of fall. However, if you want a faster meal, I recommend choosing from ready-to-bake products, which you can find in Lidl stores. For special occasions, you can choose to try unusual or unique flavors and marinades.

And if people still want to say goodbye to the grill for the winter and put it in the pantry. What are the tips to properly clean and prepare for winter?

First, I recommend burning all the charcoal before saying goodbye. But if there are still coals and you really don’t want to grill anymore, then it should be put in a dry place. Basically, the grill itself must be well-burnt, in other words, heated, resulting in a high temperature. This disinfects the device and thus burns the remaining food residues. Otherwise, if something remains inside, moisture appears, the grill begins to form.

So the most important thing is to clean it well after the season. And put it, if possible, also in a dry place. Of course, not everyone has this opportunity, so sometimes you have to leave the grill outside. Then I recommend at least covering it with a cloth. If we are talking about barbecue, I also recommend to dry it, under the roof. Well, when it comes to cast iron pans and other similar cooking utensils, they should also be heated and greased with any kind of fat or oil. Then you can put it in a cool place to prevent it from rusting. Of course, if you use gas cylinders or flammable liquids, remember to be careful and put them in a safe place out of the reach of children.

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