By Montana Grant

Posted: May 21, 2020

Summer is the time for great grilling. Traditionally we grill fish, wild game, wings, or our favorite meats. Some grills also offer a feature that enables us to smoke our meals.

When deep fryers became the hit, frying anything became the plan. Deep fried Oreo cookies, Milky Ways, Burgers, steaks, fish sticks, French fries, onion rings, or whatever we wanted was the plan.

Every grill master becomes known for a special meal. My son is the Master of a Tri-Tip with fennel sides. I am still mastering my best grilled delights. Grilling is always a work in progress.

There are so many variations when grilling. Propane, charcoal, pellets, or wood fired grills all offer a different flavor, smokiness, or presentation. Grill masters all have their favorite fuel and method.

Since we have more time to grill, thanks to the quarantine, try grilling something unique or different. Here are some suggestions,

Romaine Lettuce   You can also try endive, radicchio, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, or other salads. Simply coat with some flavored Olive oils and add your favorite spices. A few minutes will create a nice char, smokey flavor and unique salad.

Cheeses    Try using small wedges or wheels of your favorite cheeses. Use some foil or a grill sheet to contain the cheeses. Don’t overheat the cheese. You want to warm and soften the cheese. Now serve with crackers or chips. This subtle presentation adds a different a tasty flair to Cheese and Crackers.

Citrus    Try halving oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, or another citrus. Now grill them until char marks are visible. Serve atop your chicken or fish meals.

Fruit   If you have not grilled peach halves, you are in for a real treat. Simply lay the pit less peach on the grill and char for a few minutes. Flip it over and add some pancake syrup or honey atop the grilled fruit. Add a scoop of ice cream and you will have a wonderful grilled dessert. Apricots, plums, and nectarines are also great choices.

Avocados or pineapple also make for tasty grilled treats. Once grilled, add a salsa or something into the hole. Maybe some cottage cheese, relishes, or your own concoctions.

               Bananas   No surprise but always enjoyed. Heat them up on the grill and use them for S’mores or warmed grilled Banana Splits.

Grapes    Grill some grapes to serve over the soft cheeses and crackers.

Squash  Cut a squash in half and spray with oil. Leave the skin on and grill until soft. Add some sour cream, salsa, or cheese to the top and enjoy.

The great thing about grilling is that you can make it your own.

Explore the grilling possibilities!

Montana Grant

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