Everybody loves a summer barbecue, but why not try something different this year? Instead of the standard burgers, hot dogs and steaks, use your grill to cook up something fun and unusual.
The king of grilling mushrooms is the Portobello, those large and chewy mushrooms whose caps can be used in place of hamburgers. However, all mushrooms can be grilled if done right. For extra flavor, you can marinate them overnight or just baste them during cooking. Place smaller mushrooms in a grilling basket to give them that smoky taste. Mushroom-kabobs are a perennial favorite, and are best when similar mushrooms are placed onto the same skewer. Mushrooms also pair well with other grilled vegetables, whether skewered or seasoned and wrapped in foil.
Oysters and Clams
These delicious shellfish are best when cooked over medium-high heat. It should take about eight minutes for the first one to open, which is the time to remove them all from the grill. Instead of butter or hot sauce, try a nice chipotle vinaigrette for a change of taste.
Peach halves are a southern grilling classic, but they are not the only fruits great for the grill. Pineapple is great cut into quarters, basted with a mixture of lime juice, honey and black pepper, and then grilled with the core intact. The grilled pineapple can complement chicken or fish.
Try placing your favorite berries and a little sugar into some foil and grilling for 5-10 minutes. Use them to top your favorite ice cream for a cool summer treat. Grilled bananas are easy and delicious. Slice them with peels still on and grill them open-side down for 2 minutes. Flip them, and once cooked, add a crumble of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for a banana – s’more treat everyone will love.
With imagination you can your barbecue grill into an all-purpose kitchen. Add that smoky goodness to other unusual items, such as pizza, French bread or even romaine lettuce. Your family and friends will rave over your wonderful cookouts.
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