Outdoor grilling can sometimes turn into an ordinary process and lose its charm that makes cooking exciting. You may even start postponing your grilling weekends when struggling with thinking about making something that is not palled yet. The great news is that there are many unobvious recipes that you can try to diversify your dining table or impress your family and friends!
While some recipes on the web may seem too outside the box, like grilled watermelons with jalapeño peppers, you can still find some fresh ideas or adjust the old ones to grilling. Here is what you can try to get yourself out of the cooking rut:
Pizza on a Grill
Pizza is the best choice for any occasion! And what can be more satisfying than eating a hot, thin-crust slice with perfectly stretching cheese, knowing you made it yourself? And if you never tried to make pizza on a grill before or think it is impossible, now is the time to dispel the myth. Just imagine this smoky flavor the grill will bring to your pizza that cannot be reached in the oven!
You do not need a unique recipe for pizza dough to ensure it will not fall through grill grates, but if you feel stressed about making a mess, you can use a pizza oven rack from Outdoor Cooking Pros or similar additional tools and accessories.
To make pizza dough, you will need:
- 1 ½ cups of warm water;
- 2 tbsp of instant dry yeast;
- 4 cups of bread flour;
- 2 tbsp of olive oil;
- 2 tsp of salt;
- 1 tsp of sugar.
Mix the ingredients, and knead the dough. You can use a mixer to make the process less tiresome, but you can still do it with your hands. Then ensure that the dough is a little sticky to the touch (but not wet), and put it to rest for at least an hour and a half in a warm place to let it rise. Later it can be divided into two portions.
The next step is to prepare your grill properly – set it on a high direct heat and grease the grates with olive oil. While it’s heating up, you can round the dough balls into pizza rounds. The main tip here is to grill one side of the crust by placing it on the grill and cook it for about 2 minutes under the closed lid. Once it’s slightly brown, you can remove the crust from the grill and flip it over to put your toppings on it.
Not to start a fight about whether pineapples belong on pizza or not, you can choose anything you want for toppings. One thing is for sure, though: there is no such thing as too much cheese on a pizza. After putting your toppings on, you can place the pizza back on a grill and cook it on a lower heat for the next 2-3 minutes under the lid. After taking it out from a grill, let it rest before you cut it. Now you can enjoy your culinary masterpiece!
Grilled Apricot and Brie Cheese Salad
This one will take much less of your time and effort but will still taste incredible. It is also super easy to do as it has a minimum of ingredients in it. The lack of measurements here allows you to make a salad as you prefer it: more sweet or sour, with cheese or fruit dominance. You can also start experimenting with replacing fruits and cheese with other types, as it’s a perfect combination in any of its variations.
First of all, you need to remove seeds from apricots and then clean them. It will be enough to grill them for 2-3 minutes on both sides on medium heat. You can add some butter to caramelize the fruit – it will make them softer and boost the flavor.
The next step is to remove the apricots from the grill on a pile of arugula and add brie cheese – you can also grill it evenly on both sides for a couple of minutes and then slice it open on the salad plate. Drizzle it with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil. Bon appetit!
Grilled French Toasts
Who said you could not grill for breakfast? French toasts will be perfect for brunch, even more so. You will need:
- 12 slices of bread of your choice (challah, brioche, white toast bread);
- Six eggs;
- 2 tbsp of sugar;
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract;
- Pinch of salt;
- Coconut oil for grilling;
- Maple syrup, butter, and jam of your choice – for serving.
You can pre-toast bread slices or leave all the work for a grill. Mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, and whisk it. Then you can pour your bread slices in the mixture, let it soak for a minute, and put them on a preheated grill. It will take 2 minutes for each side to cook them till they have nice brown grill marks. Now they can be served with your favorite toppings and a cup of freshly blended coffee!
To prevent getting bored with your regular grill recipes, you can start introducing some unusual food mixes and combinations, even those that do not seem to be suitable for grilling. In fact, you can grill anything, experimenting with things you have always wanted to try or have already done, but in the oven.
You can start with simple dishes that do not require many preparations and grilled ingredients, like salads, to find out what tastes best for you. Do not underestimate grilling fruits as they perfectly combine with meats and cheeses, introducing new, unique flavors.
Remember that the best thing about grilling is not only an extra delicious meal but an opportunity to enjoy the process, so make sure you choose something that satisfies you!