9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill
Burgers, hot dogs, and steaks get all the attention during barbecue season, but they’re not the only foods you can grill. A few minutes on the fire will make everything from cheese to fruit smoky, sweet, and delicious. Read on for the full list.
You might think green beans are too narrow to grill—they are, unless you carefully arrange them perpendicularly across the grate. But you don’t have to be so careful if you use a grill basket or grill pan, which lets you cook side dishes that would otherwise burn or fall through the grill grates. Toss green beans in olive oil and garlic, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, throw them in a basket, and you’ll end up with a deliciously charred side dish.
RECIPE: Grilled Fresh Green Beans
Grilled cake? Yes, you heard that right. A high-density cake or even a lighter, airy cake like angel food cake becomes toasty, crunchy, and caramelized when you brush it with sweetened butter and grill it. Top it with berries and mascarpone for a decadent dessert in 10 minutes flat.
Want to recreate the crunchy dough bubbles you get from a wood-fired pizza oven? Thankfully, you don't need a pricey restaurant-quality oven; you can actually cook your pizza dough directly on your grill grates. The grill's high temperatures will produce the same effect—if you have a pizza stone, even better!
RECIPE: Grilled Pizza Margherita
A few minutes on the grill will caramelize any fruit’s natural sugars, and stone fruits like peaches, mangos, and apricots are great candidates because of their size and stabilizing pits. Bananas and pineapples are also sturdy options. Pair them with ice cream as a dessert or chop them up and toss them in a salad.
RECIPE: Grilled Peaches With Ice Cream
What other unusual foods do you grill at home? Tell us in the comments!