The Thrill of the Grill!
Besides the traditional “go-to” foods (burgers, dogs) there are many other tasty treats that can be prepared on your grill during these summer months. How about:
- Lamb Chops. Chops about an inch thick cook in three to four minutes on direct heat. Since lamb is high in fat, it can cause flare-ups, so watch them closely so they don’t burn. It’s a great finger food, so if you serve them with corn on the cob (also easy to prepare on the grill), you don’t need silverware! Just have plenty of napkins.
- Bacon. It’s the perfect starter. Use thick-cut bacon, lay down some slices, cook them under a grill press or a foil-wrapped brick until crispy, and dress with a drizzle of olive oil, ground black pepper, and chopped herbs.
- Grilled Romaine Lettuce. Cut the head in two, spray all sides with olive oil, and place the cut side down on the grill for about 5 minutes. Then turn and grill the other side for another 3 minutes and remove from heat. Spoon some vinaigrette dressing over it and add salt and pepper to your own taste.
- Rib-Eye Steaks. At least one inch thick to handle high heat. Rub them down with some olive oil and then coat a generous amount of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. The olive oil provides just enough fat to help the salt and pepper create a great, caramelized crust. Watch for flare-ups here as well. 4-6 minutes cooking on each side, then wait 5 minutes before eating to keep juices from running out when cut.
- Pound Cake. Brush the grill grate with canola oil and place a thick slice of pound cake on it. It will toast quickly (1-2 minutes), so flip it promptly. Serve with some whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or raspberry sauce for dessert!
To stay healthy, be sure and check out our grilling safety article here.