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10 Foods You Would Never Have Thought to Grill

You can put much more on the grill than just meat…

Nothing says summertime like firing up the grill for dinner. But as great as a piece of grilled meat can be, adding crosshatches to your favorite vegetables and beyond will kick up your meal to a new level. “Grilling imparts a smoky depth of flavor that complements many different types of foods, not just meats,” says Craig Koketsu, executive chef and partner of Quality Meats. “I also enjoy using the grill because I don’t have to worry about making a mess—everything eventually carbonizes and you can brush it right off.” Here are a few of his suggestions.

Pizza “Use the grill to reheat delivery pizza, and top with lightly dressed salad greens. It’s a great way to make Domino’s taste like Roberta’s.” 

Avocado “Grill avocado halves and then chill them, before using them to make guacamole.”

Tater Tots “Skewer some tater tots, grill them, and glaze them with your favorite barbecue sauce.”

Grilled Cheese “Assemble your sandwich as usual, but brush the outside with olive oil rather than butter. Grill over a low flame until nicely toasted.”

Garlic “Soak garlic bulbs in water for 10 minutes and then place over a slow-burning grill. Cook until bulbs are completely charred on the outside, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and then carefully remove the cooked cloves to use in the same way as roast garlic. Alternatively, peel raw garlic cloves, toss with olive oil, and wrap in foil. Place foil packet on grill and roast until cloves are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.”

Eggs “Parboil eggs for 2 minutes, and then set over low-burning hardwood charcoal for another 12 minutes.” 


Cinnamon Rolls “Use the grill to reheat your Cinnabon buns or bake your Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and finish them on top of the grill to mark them.”

Chocolate “Wrap a dark-chocolate bar in several layers of aluminum foil and place on a low-burning hardwood charcoal grill. Throw small pieces of butter over the charcoal to produce more smoke. Grill for approximately 6 minutes (3 minutes per side). The chocolate will melt completely. Remove the foil package from the grill and drizzle the melted chocolate over vanilla ice cream, or place the package in the freezer to set, then simply unwrap and eat.”

Pumpkin Pie “Cut a sugar pumpkin into six wedges. Scoop out the seeds, and coat the flesh with butter and sugar. Slow-roast the pumpkin pieces skin side down over the grill until the flesh is tender. Remove pumpkin from the grill and let cool. Scoop out flesh from the skin and puree. Use the puree in your favorite pumpkin-pie recipe.”

Strawberries “Skewer strawberries and grill over a high flame to get nice marks. Remove the skewer and place strawberries in a bowl. Season with fleur de sel, freshly cracked black pepper, and Minus 8 ice-wine vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled. Serve with anything creamy: Burrata, stracciatella, sour cream, ice cream, et cetera.” 

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