Grilled Sweet PotatoesEverything (well, almost everything) tastes better when grilled! Steak, chicken, pork, and fish are old standards, but why not try something new? Here are five out-of-the-ordinary foods we love to grill:
1. Potatoes: Any potatoes can be grilled, but we love these Grilled Sweet Potatoes that are brushed with spices. Because potatoes can take a very long time to cook on the grill, it's helpful to par-cook them, either in a pot on the stove, or for 5 minutes (for 1 lb.) in the microwave. This will help with slicing them and speed grill time greatly.
2. Avocados: If you want to add interest to your guacamole, tacos, or sandwich, try grilling some avocados. Cut them in half, pit them (but do not peel), and brush them with a tiny bit of oil. Grill them on medium heat until grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes. Once they're cool, they can be peeled. The charred avocado adds a delicious depth of flavor to so many different dishes. We love them in Chicken and Raspberry Salad.
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3. Cake: Angel food cake, pound cake, and quick breads are fantastic when grilled. Try it with banana bread! Top with berries, whipped cream, ice cream, and some chocolate chips. Perfect for a fun, new dessert. Just make sure your grill is clean after whatever meat or fish you may have had on there from dinner before grilling your cake.
4. Lettuce: Grill Romaine lettuce to take your regular Caesar salad to the next level. Keep the hearts intact and brush with a small amount of oil before grilling. Or, try our Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette. Also great on the grill are radicchio and endives. Cut them into wedges or halves and brush lightly with oil. The radicchio will turn a brownish color but will taste fabulous.
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5. Citrus & Other Fruits: Placing grilled citrus fruits on the side of your favorite fish or meat is so much fun. Lemons go perfectly with Summer Squash and Chicken. Grapefruit can be wonderful if you sprinkle it with some sugar before grilling to caramelize it and create a sugary crust. Try grilling peaches, plums, mangos, watermelon, or bananas. Just halve the fruit, leaving on the peel, and brush lightly with oil. Grill only until you see the grill marks appear, and voila.
What are your favorite foods to grill? Let us know in the comments!
- by Jessica Fox
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