5 Foods to Try on the Grill This Summer

5 Foods to Try on the Grill This Summer

When you think of grilling you probably think of steaks, burgers, chicken and maybe vegetables. While these are standard fare what about some other foods that are equally delicious grilled but you may not have thought to grill them? And none of the following are expensive like meats so it's another win for your wallet! If you're interested in foods that won't break the bank please read, 7 Nutritious Foods That Won't Break the Bank.

Below are five outside-the-box foods that you're going to want to try on the grill this summer!

  1. Fruit: Grilling fruit may not be the first idea that pops into your head, but the heat of the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in many fruits which intensifies their flavor and gives a great mix of smoky and sweet. Skewer chunks of pineapple, peach, watermelon or even strawberries and lightly grill them for a few minutes until they develop grill marks. You can enjoy these treats as a standalone side or dessert or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream for a unique twist.
  2. Avocado: Known for its creamy texture and rich flavor, avocados might seem better suited for guacamole or a salad. However, grilling them can take their taste to a whole new level. Cut an avocado in half, remove the pit and gently grill the flesh side for a few minutes. The heat gives a smoky flavor that balances the buttery consistency of an avocado to perfection. Squeeze some lime juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper and you've got a side dish or topping for burgers and sandwiches.
  3. Pizza: You may think you need a pizza oven to achieve results worthy of the best pizzeria in town but your backyard grill gives amazing results! The high heat of the grill creates a crisp and charred crust that can't be beat. Roll out your pizza dough, place it on the grill grates for a couple of minutes until it firms up, then flip it over. Add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings and close the grill lid to let the cheese melt and the flavors meld. You may never want to eat homemade pizza any other way again.
  4. Romaine Lettuce: You read that right. Thanks to the sturdy leaves of romaine you've got a perfect candidate for grilling. Halve a head of romaine lettuce lengthwise, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the halves on the grill, cut side down, and cook for a couple of minutes until the edges start to char. The heat softens the leaves slightly while adding a smoky depth. Serve with your favorite dressings or shaved Parmesan and some grilled chicken for a salad the highest-end restaurant would be proud to serve.
  5. Pound Cake: Another unique option to grill with great results. Make it easy on yourself and purchase a store-bought pound cake or make at home if you've got the time. Cut into thick slices and lightly grill each side until you achieve grill marks. The gentle heat caramelizes the edges of the pound cake giving a nice contrast with the soft inside. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of honey for an indulgent treat.

Trying these options on the grill not only will satisfy your tastebuds you'll impress your family and guests.

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