Weird Things to Grill
July 18, 2019 by Waverly Wilde
If you’re doing any grilling this summer, chances are, you’re cooking up the household favorites—burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak. However, there’s a whole world of exotic foods out there made for the grill that you may not be aware of. Whether you’re a total foodie or simply sick of your repetitive barbecue menu, there’s something unique out there for you.
Think outside the grill this summer and explore fun and exciting meals, desserts, and snacks you can prepare for your summer barbecue! Don’t waste time heating up the same boring frankfurters—follow along as we venture to the world of strange foods that taste great on the grill.
Warning: May never want to cook indoors ever again.
You don’t need to fly to the Rainbow State to enjoy this Hawaiian delicacy. This tropical treat is one you can throw right on the grill and enjoy on a hot day.
Slice into large hunks or rings and douse with cinnamon and brown sugar to create a delectable dessert. If you’re feeling sweet and savory, add honey and teriyaki sauce to go with a homemade stir-fry. If you can’t help but to cook up some burgers, then add a fruity ring on top of your burger to keep those classic summer creations alive and well.
Here’s a summertime staple that is sweet, juicy, and full of flavor! When throwing a slice of melon on the grill, you can create many different flavor profiles. It can be spicy, salty, or sour by adding simple ingredients such as pink Himalayan sea salt, red pepper flakes, or lime zest. If you’re looking to make a dish that’s super fresh and herbaceous, mix some wedges of melon with mint, feta cheese, and toss them with a balsamic dressing or glaze. It’s recommended you use a seedless melon—you know what they say about swallowing watermelon seeds.
We “donut” know what we would do without our desserts! You’ve seen donuts grilled up to act as buns for burgers or sandwiches, but you can also add ice cream or berries for donut sundaes and French toast. The same goes for pound or short cake—cut thick slices and throw them on the grill or flattop griddle and add cream or berries for a summertime dessert the whole family will devour.
Peaches & Cinnamon
If you love warm peach pie right out the oven, then you’ll love grilled peaches. Peaches are already a candy-like summer treat on their own, but grilling them up takes this dessert over the top. Sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter on top while they’re cooking. The heat from the grill helps caramelize the sugar, making a sticky glaze. If you’re feeling extra robust, add bourbon and honey to the batch to give your dessert a hefty kick. Most importantly, can’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
An artichoke might be oddly shaped and difficult to eat, but it was meant to be grilled! Steam your artichoke before throwing it on the grill, then add seasoning, lemon, and garlic for additional flavor and acidity. When the grill is hot, the leaves soak up the smoky flavor, creating big, powerful bites. Serve up as an appetizer with hollandaise or an aioli. Your guests will be saying okie dokie to this arti-chokey.
Everyone knows avocados are a super-food, but do you know they’re just as super, cooked on the grill? Simply turn your avocado over and create a handheld bowl, perfect for stuffing with dips or salsas. If avocado toast is just too basic for you, then grab your fork and eat these bad boy’s whole! Drizzle with hot sauce, lime, or cheese sauce and you’ll have a healthy and delicious snack. If you need to elevate your avocado game even more, add them to nachos, a panini, or even with some of that grilled watermelon you cooked up earlier.
You’ll be saying ‘Hail Caesar’ after trying this grilled Caesar salad. The grill grates add a slight char to the edges while keeping the lettuce crisp with every bite. It’s better to cut the lettuce heads in half and season before going on the grill to create a nice caramelization on the outside without wilting the inner leaves. Add lemon pepper, shaved parmesan, and your favorite Caesar dressing, and you’ll have a salad that’s barbecue approved.
Bananas have evolved past the split into a dessert that’s a no-brainer for the barbecue. Grilled banana boat s’mores are a little taste of the great outdoors in your own backyard. Slice a banana down the middle and fill with chocolate chips, marshmallows and chopped nuts, then wrap it in foil and throw it on the grill. Once it’s done, the toppings will be nice and melty, and probably running down your arm.
To cheese or not to cheese, that is the question. The answer is always more cheese! Grilled cheese and tomato soup are a classic lunch combination that’s withstood the test of time. But all great creations could be improved. The twice-grilled cheese is taking the sandwich to the next level of cheese excellence. After that gooey sandwich is nice and hot, throw it on the barbecue for an additional grilling. The grates add the perfect grill marks to the bread and get it nice and crispy to help soak up all that soup. Ever try one with blue cheese? It’s about time you have!
If you’re not feeling take-n-bake or a hot-n-ready, we’ve got the pizza just for you! Toss that dough outside and let it fall right on your grill. If you like your crust with a little bite and beautiful char marks underneath, then this is the pie you deserve. Add your favorite sauces and toppings as usual and let that smoky flavor soak through. Grill-top pizzas are perfect for unique flavor profiles such as Mediterranean, spicy buffalo, BBQ chicken, or the kids favorite: cheeseburger pizza! Now that’s a spicy meatball … I mean pizza!
Grilling season is one of the best times of the year, and there are endless opportunities to create fun and exciting cuisine that your friends and family will be thinking about all summer long. At Howard’s Appliance, we want your summer experience to be the best it can be—whether it’s finding new recipes to cook or new appliances to bring your culinary creations to life. Visit us today and turn up the heat on all your summer must-haves.