Grilling is as easy as slapping some meat and vegetables on the grill for a few minutes, then serving them. You don’t have to wait until the warm summer months roll around either. It might be a bit chilly, but who says you can’t grill in the winter too. Whether you’re having a party or making dinner for yourself and your family, grilling is a great addition to your routine.
What To Grill
You can pretty much grill anything and grilled recipes are all over the internet and in cookbooks. The classics, like steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, burgers and hot dogs are easy and crowd pleasing. If you want to grill fish fillets, use a fish grill turner, or lay the pieces on a strip of foil before putting them on the grill rack. You can even grill pizza by placing the dough on foil and then topping with your favorites and grilling again to heat. Lay out bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash and potatoes to serve as a side dish. Green beans, broccoli and cauliflower can also be grilled if you wrap them in foil to create a small packet. Grill stoned fruits for dessert.
Grilling is one of the easiest ways to cook for beginners and experts alike. Before grilling vegetables and meat, brush each piece with a bit of oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill rack. Anything that can fall through the rack can be cooked on foil, but be sure to grease the foil first or your meal might wind up stuck to it. Baste meats with marinades or barbecue sauce occasionally as they cook to add flavor and to keep them moist. Keep a small bowl of either on your grill shelf so its handy any time you need it. Use a meat thermometer to test meat for doneness, and keep a pair of tongs and a spatula handy for transferring the grilled foods to a plate for serving.
Grilled recipes usually call for some type of seasoning. What you choose depends on personal preference, but some things pair well with certain foods. Sprinkle steaks with salt and ground black pepper. Garlic and rosemary complement the flavor of pork chops. Use lemon and black pepper for white fish fillets, and soy with powdered ginger for salmon. Slather chicken breasts with barbecue or teriyaki sauce. Use seasoned salt and garlic powder to add flavor to burgers. Garlic salt and cracked black pepper taste great on vegetables of any type, and a simple brush of honey on fruits works well.
Grilled meat and vegetables stand alone as a tasty and filling meal. However, you can add additional sides to round things out. Serve a tossed vegetable salad and a loaf of crusty bread with fish or potato salad, and coleslaw with burgers and hot dogs. A baked potato works well with grilled steaks and pork chops, and fries work well with barbecued chicken breasts. Use grilled fruits as a refreshing and healthy topping for vanilla ice cream. Don’t forget lemonade, iced tea or cold beer to wash everything down.