If you think grilling is
limited to hotdogs and hamburgers, it's time to look outside the
bun. Grilling gives a whole new dimension to a variety of foods,
plus it saves you from heating up the kitchen. Try the following
foods on the grill and serve them at your next get-together. Your
grill may just take center stage at more of your meals from now
Lettuce. Add a little smoke to your salad and toss
it on the grill! Simply wash and cut a head of lettuce in half and
grill for about five minutes on each side, or until grill marks
appear. Break apart on a serving plate, add more veggies, or simply
enjoy with a tasty dressing.
Brush olive oil on a pre-made pizza dough and place it on the
grill. Once grill marks appear, take it off the heat and add
toppings, grilled side up. Place the pizza back on the BBQ for two
to three more minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble.
- Quesadilla. Brush flour tortillas
with olive oil and place on the heat, oiled side down. Top with
cheese and fillings (cooked beef or chicken, beans, salsa, etc).
Once the cheese starts melting and the bottom is browning, fold one
side over with a spatula to seal it up. Remove from the heat and
enjoy (with guacamole, salsa and sour cream, of course!).
- Fruit & Vegetable
Kebabs. Just browse through Fiesta's produce
section: most anything can be grilled. The combinations are
endless. From colorful bell peppers to onion slices, portobello
mushrooms, zucchini coins, sliced sweet potatoes and cherry
tomatoes. Or, how about some fruit kabobs with pineapple, peeled
plantain coins (make sure the plantain skin is black when you buy
it in the store - those are the sweeter ones), grapes, firm banana
coins, berries…even kumquats! Coat with olive oil and grill,
turning once or twice, until vegetables are cooked through or until
fruits are warm and smoky.
- Clams and
Oysters. Place your bi-valves in a bucket of cold
water and rinse thoroughly to remove any debris. Dry the shells,
brush with olive oil, and place on a high-heat grill for two to
three minutes ― they're ready when the shells pop open.
- Meatballs. Place the
uncooked, formed meatballs on the grill and cook, covered, for
three to four minutes. Open the grill, rotate them, and continue
cooking for another two to three minutes. After about 15 minutes,
the meatballs should be browned on each side. Serve with pasta, on
a sub sandwich or as an appetizer with a marinara dip.
Cooking bacon can be a greasy mess indoors, so grill it outdoors
instead! For perfectly crisp bacon, cook each slice for five to six
minutes on medium-high heat. Add to a burger, crumple into
salads, or enjoy straight from the plate.
Potatoes. Scrub and slice unpeeled potatoes into
wedges. Toss with olive oil and desired seasonings. Grill for about
10 minutes on each side. Also try sweet potatoes or jicama, or all
Slice a crusty loaf of artesian bread, brush with olive oil, and
rub with a garlic clove. Place on the grill until lightly browned ―
about three minutes per side. Sprinkle with sea salt and shaved
Parmesan cheese and serve.
Cheese. Lightly coat thick mozzarella cheese sticks
in an egg batter and bread crumbs. Grill for a few minutes on each
size, or until the cheese starts to slightly melt. Serve with
marinara sauce, salad dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.
Cut the peach in half and rub with butter. Place buttered-side down
and close the lid. Grill for about four minutes on each side or
until softened and charred. Serve with a big scoop of your favorite
Cake. Slice a pound cake and brush slices with
melted butter and place on the grill over medium-low heat. Grill
for about two minutes per side, and serve with the grilled peaches
and ice cream (see above).
When it comes to grilling, stop by Fiesta to pick up your
all-time favorites - and for those of you who are adventurous, try
some new items as well. Our exotic produce would be a fun place to
start. You never know what your next favorite on the grill will
If you have a favorite food that you like to grill, please share
it with us in the space provided below.