In the Kitchen

7 Interesting Ingredients You’d Never Think to Grill

Steak, ribs, corn on the cob…these are grilled classics that will never go out of style. But to make sure you don’t get caught in a rut, check out these unlikely ingredients that are fantastic when grilled.

 

1. Avocados
As if it were possible to make avocados even more delicious, you can upgrade any lunch by placing both halves of the fruit face-down on the grill. In this recipe, they’re drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Cumin-spiced quinoa and black bean salad are served in the “bowls.”

2. Artichokes
The trick to grilling artichokes in this recipe is to boil them prior to putting them on the grill. Once charred, they can be served with a harissa honey dip like the one for a unique barbecue appetizer.

3. Cheese
Skip the bread and make grilled cheese (literally) with halloumi. Halloumi is made from goat’s and sheep’s milk and has a similar texture to mozzarella. Its high melting point makes it a perfect contender for the grill. In this recipe, it’s marinated with basil and mint, and served with grilled tomatoes and watermelon.

4. Oysters
Tarragon butter is smothered onto oysters in this recipe with a touch of hot sauce, and then grilled for only a minute—the amount of time you’ll realistically be able to wait to eat these.

5. Tofu
A good marinade can completely change the taste (and your opinion) of tofu. The combination of garlic and lime in this recipe is both sweet and spicy. When cooking on a grill, make sure the heat is low so that the tofu cooks evenly and slowly. Pro tip: save a little of the marinade to drizzle on top, after it’s cooked.

6. Peaches
Ripened peaches fresh from the tree are a great summer dessert on their own. In this recipe, cinnamon sugar and butter are brushed onto peach halves prior to grilling, intensifying the natural flavors.

7. Bananas
Bananas are brushed with butter and maple syrup and grilled until tender here. As they heat, the flavor becomes richer. Once grilled, the peels are removed and the fruit can be plated. Top with crumbled toffee for a decadent end to any meal.

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