It’s Memorial Day in the US which typically equals BBQ parties with lots of meat and processed snacks and treats. As a vegetarian I’ll normally enjoy the token veggy burger and nibble on the sides.

This year, however, was different. I decided to grill up some not-so-standard veggies on the back deck. My mom offered up her pretty killer grilled artichoke heart recipe, I grilled up some fennel tossed in sunflower oil, and I tried a first ever for me- grilled sweet potatoes- which I’d definitely make again.

The trick to grilling sweet potato is to steam them first. Otherwise, you’ll end up with burnt potatoes that are raw on the inside – yuck.

On the flip side, with a little bit of steaming, you’ll get tender, sweet, lightly charred and smashingly delicious potatoes that are sure to satisfy.