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Summer Fun, Day 41: Get Creative with the Grill

Keep the Fourth of July grill-fest going by grilling more than just burgers and dogs!

Try out some of these ideas next time you fire up the grill. Or, take a dinner idea you’ve already got and move it to the grill.

Soft Pretzels—After 10 minutes on a pizza stone on a medium-heat grill, these will taste just like the street vendor version with just a hint of smokiness. Just make sure you let them cool a bit before enjoying!

Summer Bruschetta—This quick and easy appetizer can be made with virtually any bread, from super-grainy Dave’s Killer to a traditional French baguette. Just throw sliced bread on a greased, preheated medium-heat grill for 1–2 minutes; top with a mixture of chopped tomatoes and one tablespoon each balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil; and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese, removing after a minute.

Pizza—With its oh-so-simple and oh-so-delicious ingredients, pizza is great when grilled. The easy way to make it involves flattening and poking holes in room temperature store-bought pizza dough; placing the dough on a greased, preheated medium-heat grill for two minutes; removing and layering with whatever sauce and toppings you desire; and returning the pizza to the grill for 3–4 minutes. An even easier way, which turned out great for me, involves simply throwing a thawed frozen pizza directly on the grill for 5–6 minutes, rotating 90 degrees once to prevent burning.

Ham—Ham developa a smoky flavor and slightly crispy crust after 15 minutes on a greased, medium-heat grill.

Avocados—whether used for spreading on toast making a killer guacamole, avocados are great on the grill. Just halve, take out the pit, brush with olive oil, and grill for 2–3 minutes.

Romaine Lettuce—While it may lose its signature crunch on a grill, romaine develops a nice char and turns into something that you’d expect to see at a top-tier steakhouse. To prepare, simply halve romaine hearts lengthwise, brush cut sides with olive oil, and place on preheated, medium-heat grill for 1–3 minutes. After removing, cover with your favorite salad dressing and cheese.

These are just a few of the many surprising grillables out there. Don’t be afraid to do some test-grilling of your own.

Bon appetit!

Want more fun cooking ideas for your family? Head to our food archives here.

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