Grilling A Fancy Dinner Without Using Your Kitchen | Lifehacker


Grilling is everyone’s favorite summertime cooking method, but by the time Labor Day rolls around, we’re all a little bit tired of hamburgers and hot dogs. Luckily, I have a few recipes you could cook on your grill that taste like they came from the great indoors without heating up your kitchen. (laid back music) If you don’t have a grilling brush, that’s okay, just take a wadded up piece of foil and use that to scrub all the gunk off your grill. You also wanna make sure you have a good Grilling “Dad” shirt. I like this one ’cause it’s got that big banana energy. And then once you get rid of all the gunk you’re ready to grill. So for an appetizer, we’re gonna make a Grilled Caesar Salad. It may seem kind of silly to grill lettuce, but it actually brings out some of the sweetness and adds a bit of depth through way of char. Just brush a couple of heads of romaine lettuce with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Grill for about two minutes until the leaves start to wilt a little bit and you’ve got some nice brown spots. Then, take some bread, brush that with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill until it’s nice and brown and crunchy. You can use stale bread for this just like you would croutons. So to plate our Grilled Caesar Salad, all you have to do is take half of one of the grilled heads, put it on a plate, drizzle on your favorite Caesar dressing, sprinkle on a little Parmesan, and serve it with two pieces of your grilled bread. For our entree, we’re just gonna grill some clams. All you have to do is throw ’em right on the grill. And we’re also gonna put some lemons on there, get those nice and charred. And for the clams, you only need about six to eight minutes, and when they open up, that’s how you know you’re done. So to serve the clams, all you need to do is just drizzle it with a little butter. It can be garlic butter, it can be salted butter, it can be herb butter. You just wanna give everybody a little bit o’love, and then just squeeze the lemon on as you like and enjoy! So, for our dessert, we’re gonna make Twice Grilled Peach Cobbler. I say twice because we’re gonna grill the peaches and then the cobbler itself. We’re gonna go ahead and break down the peaches. Hah! Toss them on the grill ’til they get nice and caramelized. (laid back music) Mix them with half a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg, lemon zest, and splash about a tablespoon of bourbon in there for good measure. Toss that all together, let it sit to form a syrup. Then, take a cast iron pan, put it on a hot grill, and melt six tablespoons of butter in it. Add your fruit mixture, cover the grill, and grill for 15 minutes until it’s nice and bubbly and syrupy. Finally, mix one and a quarter cups of baking mix, two thirds cup whole milk, half cup of sugar. Dollop it on top of your fruit mixture, and cook until golden brown. (laid-back music) To serve your cobbler, all you need, really, is a couple of spoons, but you can also add some ice cream or some whipped cream or just a big glass of cold milk. Your guests will have no idea that this didn’t come straight out of the oven. So here we have a complete, fancy grilled meal, grilled me- (laughs) grilled mill grilled mill grilled meal tasty mill grilled mill (laughs loudly) It just always sounds wrong! Here we have three courses of delicious food that we cooked completely outside while keeping our kitchen cool and pretty clean. The best part: none of this is a hot dog or a hamburger. Happy grilling, have fun out there, and wear lots of sunscreen.

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