We’ve been reading all your Kitchen Talk ideas and suggestions in our last giveaway post, and there are so many great ones there! Today’s topic comes from Jean, and she wants to know:
Do you have any summer grilling ideas?
I want to know, too. Now that summer is just around the corner, I’m looking forward to the prospect of eating outside, smelling that smell of meat (or vegetables) charring and listening to the sound of drippings sizzling on hot coals. And though burgers and hotdogs are usual summer grilling fare, I know you all have creative ideas and lovely recipes to share.
Betsy loves grilled veggies: eggplant, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, asparagus. She says, “I live for summer, because of grilled vegetables. And chimichurri is my sauce of choice with a steak and a big plate of veggies.” Nanci is a big batch cooker so she likes to get several pounds of chicken breasts marinated and grill them all at once for quick weeknight meals. She loves grilled veggies too, so skewers or a veggie grate/pan is a must-have for her.
For me, my favorite thing to do on the grill is a riff on chicken souvlaki. I like to make a tangy Greek dressing and marinate large chunks of veggies in some of the dressing, then mix the rest of the dressing with yogurt and use that to marinate chicken or lamb. Pop them on skewers and grill as desired, then serve with warm pita bread (brush the pitas with some dressing and grill slightly to make them extra special), fresh chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumber, cilantro, roasted corn, tzatziki sauce, and whatever else you like in your pita.
I’ve also seen some interesting and unconventional grilling recipes here in Tasty Kitchen, like grilled romaine hearts for a salad and a grilled breakfast pizza. I’ve been wanting to jump on the grilled pizza bandwagon for some time now, and I think I should make that happen this summer.
How about you? What do you love to put on the grill? Share your ideas with us below, and if you have a link to the recipe somewhere, we’d love to see that too!