When using the grill to prepare meals, it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut. For most of us, that means slapping on the same kind of meat every time. While perfectly grilled steaks, hamburgers, and sausages are delicious, that’s not all there is when it comes to grilling! Here are some unexpected foods that taste great when cooked on the grill:
Did you know that you can pop popcorn on the grill? Simply add popcorn kernels to an aluminum disposable pan with some oil, cover it with aluminum foil, and place it on the grill until all the kernels are popped. Once the kernels are popped, you can add whichever seasonings you desire. If you don’t want to use an aluminum pan, you can always purchase a special grill pan that is designed to pop popcorn.
Many people don’t realize that the grill can be used to cook shellfish such as clams and mussels. The technique is fairly simple, too. First, submerge the shellfish in a bucket of cold water that has been mixed with about ½ cup of cornmeal to help get rid of any dirt or sand, which should take about thirty minutes. Remove the shellfish from the water and let the shells dry completely. Brush each shell with olive oil and place on a grill that has been set to high. They’re ready once the shells pop open, which should take no more than 3 minutes if the grill was hot enough.
No hamburger or hot dog is complete without fries! Did you know that you can cook them on the grill? Fries cooked on the grill are much healthier than the fried version. Cut potatoes into wedges about 1/8 inch thick and place in a mixing bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings, and place directly on the grill. Cook on one side for about 10 minutes. Flip the fries over and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Because of the grill’s high temperature, it doesn’t take long for them to be done.
Pizza is especially delicious when prepared on the grill. One of the main reasons is that pizza responds best when cooked at higher temperatures. All you need to do is roll out your crust, brush the underside with oil, and place it on the grill, uncovered, for about three minutes. Add your toppings, cover the grill, and cook the pizza for another ten minutes. If you’re using the grill to heat a frozen pizza, simply unwrap the pizza from the packaging, place it on the grill, and cook it until pizza is defrosted and the cheese is completely melted.
Fruit is also easy to grill! Try grilling fruits such as bananas, pineapples, peaches, and apples, which all taste great when cooked at high temperatures. Ideas include making fruit skewers, grilling sliced bananas, and grilling apple slices (toss apples with melted butter and sugar and cook on a grill pan for ten minutes). Fruit can easily be eaten as a side dish or even as a healthy dessert!