Grill Recipes: 3 Unexpectedly Tasty Things to Grill on a George ForemanTO DO LIST
It’s almost grilling season! And before you dust off the outdoor grill for staples like burgers and dogs, you can also start practicing early inside with some not-so-obvious things to grill. We met with David Duarte – Executive Chef at The Social on 83rd – who shared three delicious grill recipes to try at home.
1. Grilled Canteloupe Gazpacho
Let’s kick off our grill recipes with gazpacho. “A gazpacho is just a rough name for a cold soup,” explains chef David. “You can do it out of a lot of different things, but it is a chilled soup.” David uses cantaloupe to take this gazpacho to a whole new level. “What’s great about using cantaloupes and different kinds of fruits is it’s got sugar naturally in it. So when we get these beautiful grill marks, it caramelizes it and actually changes the flavor of the actual fruit,” he adds. But he also had another charred surprise – cucumber! If you’re looking for new things to grill, you’ll want to try the recipe for the full list of yummy ingredients.
1 medium cantaloupe (peeled, seeded, chopped)
1 small cucumber (peeled, chopped)
2 tablespoons chopped red onions
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/3 cup water
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh mint garnish
Grill cantaloupe and cucumber until they get char marks.
In a blender, combine chopped cantaloupe and cucumber with red onion, salt, and water and blend until smooth.
With the motor running, drizzle in olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Serve cold and garnish with fresh mint.
2. Grilled Puttanesca
Need more unique things to grill? Try pasta with a grilled Puttanesca sauce. “Puttanesca comes from southern Italy,” shares David. “It’s a tomato caper-based cold dressing for pasta.” Traditional Puttanesca calls for capers, which are very salty! But for this version, David uses caper berries which are less salty and add more depth in flavor. They’re easy to find at any supermarket. This is one of those grill recipes that is sure to hit the spot.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic cloves, peeled
1 anchovy fillets
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 basil sprigs
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers or caper berry, drained
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Grill olives, tomatoes, and caper berries for a few minutes each.
Chop all together with rest of ingredients and combine in olive oil.
Spoon over cooked pasta.
3. Grilled Bananas S’mores
We couldn’t create a list of grill recipes without including a dessert! So what’s the last of unexpected things to grill? Banana s’mores, which are super easy to make.
1 cup marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
1 package graham crackers
Use a knife to slice through the peel and carve out a thin strip along the curve of the banana. You want to leave one end intact so you can put it back in place once it’s stuffed.
Pull back the peel then use your knife or a spoon to cut out about a third of the banana, creating a little canyon. Fill the canyon with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Now put the strip of banana peel back in place.
Take your foil and wrap it around the banana. You want it to be fairly tight so everything stays in place.
Plop it on the grill or in your campfire and wait for the magic to happen. After about 10 minutes on the grill, remove the foil and peel it back.
Is your mouth watering yet? Now you’ve got three grill recipes full of delicious things to grill!
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