Unexpected Foods You Can Grill For Memorial Day
There's nothing better than cooking up a feast on the grill. If you're running out of ideas and want to spruce it up a bit this spring and summer, try some of these unexpected foods to grill that are blow-your-mind delicious!
The beauty of watermelon is it's very porous, almost like a sponge, and it sucks up the smoke. Cut up fresh watermelon into wedges and baste them with some kind of oil so it sizzles on the outside. Then, grill until there are grill marks on both sides, but still raw in the center (about 1-2 minutes per side.)
You can slather it with Mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Or, pair it with a firm, salty cheese like queso fresco and sprinkle on chopped fresh cilantro and very thinly sliced serrano peppers. You can even add fresh mint and serve it over arugula with a honey-lime dressing.
Salad greens are great for you, but let's be real: It's usually what coats the greens that sparks the cravings. ("Ooh, I'm craving some lettuce," said no one ever.)
So, to spice and smoke things up, try throwing lettuce on the grill! Simply wash and cut a head of lettuce in half, brush it with a little oil and season with salt before grilling it for about 5 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Just know that the longer you cook it, the less crunchy it will be. Top it off with Caesar dressing, croutons, and shaved parmesan.
Quick and easy, grilled avocado is a brilliant addition to any backyard barbecue. Avocados become soft and creamy on the grill with a fantastic smoked flavor. They take just minutes to prepare and cook and are an ideal pairing for majority of barbecued foods! Grilled avocado makes an excellent vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free side, whether left whole, sliced, or used as an ingredient for smoky guacamole.
Summer is all about peaches, and you can enjoy them on the grill too! These grilled peaches take just a few minutes and taste amazing with a big scoop of ice cream on the side.
No fruit is safe from your grilling prowess.
It's time to bring the tropics to your backyard! Simply slice a pineapple into rounds and grill until browned - about 3 minutes per side. Job well done - You can keep the ice cream out from the peaches!
Who doesn't love ooey-gooey, melty, delicious cheese? Start your grill at medium-high heat. Place a small wheel of Brie directly on the grill gates. Cook and keep flipping it until you see one speck of cheese ooze out - then take it off immediately. Poke through the top with a spoon and fill it with any kind of preserves or jam, along with chopped nuts or spiced almonds. Put it out with a fresh baguette and wow your guests!
A mixologist can add a hint of smoke to your cocktail at the bar; you can smoke yours entirely at home! Cut a grapefruit in half and coat the cut side with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar, like you're dusting a donut. You don't want to soak up all its juices, go easy. Place the grapefruit on the grill, cut-side down, until it slightly chars, as the juice from the fruit mixes with the sugar and it caramelizes for a burnt, smoky flavor. Cut a slice off the blackened grilled part to use as a garnish. Then, squeeze and mix the juice with your choice of alcohol!