Summer Grilling: 6 Unusual Foods to Cook on the Grill
Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, fish, vegetables–these are all things that I typically throw on the grill during the summer season. Grilling is such a simple way to cook my favorite foods. I wish I could use the appliance to whip up some other items … oh wait, I can!
I’ve recently discovered a few tasty foods that don’t traditionally go on the grill, but definitely should. Try putting these foods on the grill (and while you’re at it, blend up one of these refreshing summer drinks) to pleasantly surprise your taste buds:
Alright, you may not be able to grill the ice cream, but you can toss everything else onto your grill. Slice a banana (with the peel still on) lengthwise. Place a few pieces of chocolate and some mini marshmallows inside and put it on the grill until the chocolate and marshmallow melt, about 10 minutes. Once they’re done, serve with some fresh ice cream and top with a cherry! Mouth watering yet?
If you thought that spaghetti and meatballs couldn’t get any better, think again. Mix together ground beef with all of the essentials, like milk, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, parsley and basil (and whatever else you like in your meatballs).
The trick to cooking meatballs on the grill is to make sure that they’re cooked all the way through without burning the outside. Leave them on the grill for about 10 to 15 minutes per side. Don’t leave the meatballs unattended—stay close by to make sure they aren’t burning. When the time is up, move the meatballs over indirect heat, and fill a skillet with your choice of pasta and sauce. Throw in the meatballs for a few minutes to really let the flavor soak in.
Imagine biting into a pickle that’s perfectly seasoned and crispy on the outside, and deliciously soft on the inside. Take a jar of pickles and drain all the juices out (making sure to preserve the brine). Pat the pickles dry with a paper dowel and toss together with some onion wedges and olive oil. Put everything onto the grill and let it sit for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Give yourself a taste of the sea this summer by grilling up some clams. You would be surprised how quick and easy this can be. After you have thoroughly soaked and scrubbed your clams, place them directly onto the grill and cover it for about 2 minutes.
You know the clams are done cooking when they have popped open. If they never open, don’t continue to leave them on the grill—just throw them out. Toss your freshly grilled clams with some pasta drizzled in olive oil and top with sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Watermelon has to be one of my favorite summer foods. It’s a refreshing and delicious snack that’s good no matter the time of day or night. Grilling up this fruit is definitely something that you have to try this summer. The charred taste the grill blends perfectly with the sweetness of the fruit.
Grill slices of watermelon for about 1 minute per side. Then top the watermelon with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. You can even add a fresh yogurt sauce, consisting of 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped thyme.
Forget about ordering pizza in this summer—make it yourself on the grill! Trust me, it’s worth the effort. Grill your pizza dough for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bottom is only lightly browned. Then remove the crust from the grill and transfer it to a baking sheet. Put on all of your favorite toppings (tomatoes, cheese, basil, etc.) and cook for an additional three to four minutes on the grill.
Have you tried grilling some unusual foods on the grill? Tell us about it the comments!
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