20 Things You Didn't Know You Could Grill
Grilling in the summertime is usually a routine for most home cooks—and like other routines in your life, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. Grilling poultry, beef, and fish is a great way to make use of your grill, but you can also cook many other staples and courses outdoors, appetizers and desserts included. If you're looking to try something other than flipping burgers and glazing barbecue chicken over an open flame, you'll be pleased to know there are plenty of other recipes you can make on the grill any day of the week.
Whether you're using a regular gas grill, a wood-burning grill, or a charcoal model, even the simplest kitchen staples can take on a completely new flavor while sizzling on the grill top. The following suggestions are all tried and true, but that doesn't mean you can't experiment on your own. One of the best ways to grill an appetizer is to select your favorite cheese, as dairy is delicious when warmed up, and a covered grill can circulate warm air just as well as an oven. From halloumi to brie, charring your cheese and fresh crostini on a grill makes for a summertime appetizer in a pinch—or even an entire pizza!
But some of the best flavors come from grilling all of the vegetables you might find in the garden—including green tomatoes, beets, romaine lettuce, carrots, green beans, and pineapple. These fresh veggies are delicious all on their own, but they're next level in cocktails (yes, really!) and desserts that can be made all outside.
From avocados to bacon and whole rinds of fresh cheese, we're walking you through our best non-traditional grill recipes for a summer of fun.
Tomato and Grilled-Bread Salad
Dial up the flavor on Panzanella by grilling the bread first. Punch it up even more by adding olives, anchovies, or canned tuna.
Scallop, Orange, and Cucumber Kebabs
Grilled Carrots with Ginger
Watermelon and Feta Skewers
Grilled Cheese Wheel
There's grilled cheese and then there's grilled cheese. Give the concept a whole new meaning when you warm a thick-rinded cheese (such as Camembert) over the fire until it's lusciously oozy and smoky.
Tofu Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce
Skillet-Cooked Mixed-Berry Grunt
Grilled Oysters with Compound Brown Butter
Grilled Green Beans and Red Onion
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions
Cast-Iron Honey Cornbread
Grilled Beets with Dilled Cucumbers
Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet
Grilled Green Tomatoes with Creamy Basil Sauce
Grilled Shrimp and Bacon with Lemons
Grilled Butter Lettuce with Creamy Dressing
Grilling gives lettuce charred edges that add extra flavor while keeping the inside nice and crunchy.