Let’s talk grill guys! As the temperatures are finally rising (at least here in Germany), people ring in the season for grilling pretty fast. And what’s not to love about a good ol’ barbecue? It is basically the most primal way to cook something, preferably meat. It’s the most social way of cooking, plus it belongs to a summer like ice cream and swimming. Besides there are so many ways to do it, in so many forms.
You can of course have a classic charcoal grill, which gives your toppings some extra flavour but can cause some quarrels with your neighbours. A charcoal grill aren’t allowed in every building with balconies and gardens here in Germany. Many switch over to a gas grill, but for me the gas bottle would be too bulky for my small balcony. So we went and got a nice electronically powered grill, a really convenient solution. Now there are people who say that meat cooked on such a grill doesn’t taste as good as from a charcoal grill. Well, I like it! And although I’m a woman (did I really start a sentence like that?) I do like some meat on my grill. However, that can get a bit boring after some time.
To Grill or not to Grill
I think it was in Michael Pollan’s ‘Cooked’ that I read about the ritual of the barbecue. It’s probably the most basal way to cook, and actually the beginning of cooking itself. Because to cook we have to use heat, and before the oven there was, well, the fire. So basically when man discovered that the meat roasted over fire tasted good, quite a revolution began.
And although it is the act of cooking that distinguishes us from the animal, it is the act of grilling that keeps us most in touch with the animal we eat and the animal we still are. That’s primal stuff, isn’t it? If you want to learn more about this, have a peek inside ‘Cooked’. However I think the most important thing we can take from barbecuing is that it’s an utterly social phenomenon. Just try throwing something on the grill just for yourself, it’s just not the same!
So what about these ideas? I have never thought for one minute that you could throw so many different things on your grill. Well I threw on the occasional zucchino and corn cob, but htat was basically it. Guess I had to broaden my horizon regarding this matter. Here are my ten favourites:
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Aparagus: Asparagus is my favourite favourite vegetable there is, closely followed by broccoli. I normally make it in the oven with some parmesan and sea salt. But boy, paired with some bacon this could be heaven on your tongue!
Grilled Pizza: The most astonishing thing on this list: Pizza! I know you can technically make it on your grill with a special pizza stone, but it can be much easier! Most of the recipes featured in the article use naan bread as a base, but you can actually use real raw pizza dough. I just have to try this asap!
Grilled Coconut and Pineapple Sweet Shrimp: I could easily live off fish and sea food for the rest of my life! This recipe is a refreshing alternative to that boring steak, especially because of the seasoning. Yummy!
Grilled Blooming Onion: As a kid I used to hate onions, but as I become older I come to like them. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like them very much when they’re raw. However, if you do some things with them, they get really sweet and tasty and lovely. So let’s grill onions for god’s sake!
Grilled Chicken Nachos in Foil: Nachos and barbecue? Doesn’t really match at first thought, but sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit. Sounds really good if I think about it!
3 Ingredient Grilled Ranch Potatoes: Potatoes No. 1: You might have experienced that when grilling with both genders, one tends to like some side items to their meat. Bread, salad, whatnot. This recipe brings the side onto your grill, and you just have to make a little room for it.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes: Potatoes No. 2: I looove sweat potatoes at the moment, especially since the fries are such a trend here in Germany right now. Although they’re technically not potatoes, they are just perfect to accompany your meat/fish/whatever. So if you can even toast them, you can just as well throw them on your grill. Period.
Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas: Another Mexican/American love affair for the grill, which I guess is so easy to make and tastes just amazing. And: cheese. That’s the magic word that usually gets everyone hooked. Definitely on my list.
Grilled Avocados with Tomato Salsa: Now we’re coming to the real crazy stuff: Avocados! Grilled avocados with tomato salsa. I think this not only stirs the vegetarians’ and hipsters’ blood, but also yours. And it’s so healthy, you can actually make this any day!
Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream: Yes, yes, you can grill a dessert. I have been wanting to do this for years now, I think I will actually do it this summer. I can already imagine the sweet flavours, enhanced by the fire and paired with some vanilla ice cream. Hooked?
What’s your favourite recipe for your grill?