Come summer, cooking is all about the grill. Man, if I could, I’d prepare every meal on the grill! With a little bit of creativity, this incredibly simple and versatile piece of equipment can cook everything from salads to cakes. Break from your usual repertoire and discover the full potential of fire. Here, 5 things you should be throwing on your grill this summer.
1. Bring on the booze!
Grilling the fruits and vegetables for your cocktails – be it a pitcher of sangria or a Bloody Mary – is an easy way to add an unexpected layer of savory smokiness to your drinks. Before soaking your fruit in wine, adding your cucumber or celery garnish or finishing your gin & tonic with a squeeze of lime, give your produce a quick char. Be sure to do this on a very hot and clean grill (no one wants last night’s BBQ chicken in their drink), cooking the fruit and vegetables until they are lightly charred but still maintain their shape. We plan on making this Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria with sparkling wine all summer long.
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2. More Cheese, Please.
We’re not talking about cooking your grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas on the grill (although, we do love to make those too), but rather picking the perfect piece of cheese and throwing that sucker right on the grates. As you can imagine, this technique requires a very clean and well-oiled grill, but with the right piece of cheese you can be making instant fondue all summer long.