Nothing says “summertime” like warm afternoons, tall glasses of iced tea and fired-up grill. Not only does this way of cooking dinner save having to heat up the kitchen on hot day, it is healthy and gives you the chance to enjoy the great outdoors while you are cooking. And the things you can grill are virtually limitless, going far beyond the normal hotdogs, steaks and hamburgers. Below are a list of five things you never thought you’d be able to grill that actually do very well with this cooking medium.
You’ve heard of grilled salmon of course – but grilled sardines? It may sound strange, but these tiny, delicate fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids just like salmon and are easy to cook on the grill as well. It is suggested though, because of their size, that you use special equipment for them like a grill tray. They go great with just a spritz of lemon and only take 3 minutes on each side to grill.
Once you have made the switch from oven-baked to grilled pizza, you will wonder why you’ve never tried it before. The techniques may sound intimidating but is actually not difficult to master: place the pizza crust dough (already shaped) directly onto the grill, then add your sauce, cheese and toppings like normal. This will give you a nice crispy crust, especially if you use a pizza stone.
Okay, this probably sounds like a strange way to use the grill, but it won’t be as crazy as it sounds once you’ve actually tossed the romaine lettuce onto the grill. Grilling any vegetable, include salad greens, caramelizes their natural sugars and gives you flavors that you cannot achieve with any other method of preparation.
Fifteen seconds of grill time on each side of a doughnut will give you a whole new taste sensation. As will greens, the sugars in the doughnuts become caramelized when they come into contact with the heat of the grill and they will puff up as if they have just come out of the fryer. You can do this with homemade or store-bought doughnuts.
When you think of grilled seafood, oysters may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but when you’ve seared them on the open flames with a mixture of cheese, garlic, butter, parsley and some Cajun seasonings to spice things up, it’s likely that you won’t want them any other way!
The above foods may not be the first things you think of when you decide to have the gang over for a barbeque. However, if you are willing to get adventurous and try some of them out, you will certainly be glad you did: they can really top off your summertime cuisine.
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