The staples of the grilling world, like steak, chicken, and burgers are great, but there are some unique grilled foods, less common foods, that make for amazing meals. These are ingredients and dishes you may not have thought of, but should. Real grillers want to throw everything on the grill they can find. And guess what? They can! Nothing should be off limits. Let’s take a look at some uncommon grilling fare.
Cedar Plank Salmon
If you want an amazingly romantic dish for your significant other with all the “manly-man” feel of grilling out, try cedar plank salmon. You start with a cedar plank, which is simply a piece of wood, that is soaked in either water or apple cider vinegar. Then you marinate a whole salmon fillet, with the skin on, in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and capers. The longer you marinate, the better it will be; six hours is ideal.
Set your grill on medium-low and once it gets hot, place the wet cedar plank on the grill and place the salmon skin side down on the plank. Spoon a little of the excess marinade, including the capers, onto the salmon and then close the grill cover and cook until the salmon is cooked through. The time will depend on the size of the salmon, but you are probably going to cook it for about 25 to 35 minutes. This dish is not only delicious, the presentation is gorgeous; rugged yet romantic. Perfect combination.
Fried Green Tomatoes are a great classic. So, why not try grilled green tomatoes instead? You can grill them healthier than frying them, especially if you leave off the breading. They also will not be in a pan with oil. Keep the slices thick to help hold the tomatoes together. You don’t want all the juicy parts to disappear down the grates. Just salt and pepper and place the tomatoes directly on the grill grates or on a grilling tray. If you cut them thick enough, you may also be able to use a grilling basket that squeezes shut and holds them steady. This is a homey appetizer with great appeal. Serve with a nice dip for a complete appetizer, side dish, or snack.
Grapes on the Side
Fruit on the grill is an incredible treat. If you have ever had grilled mango or grilled pineapple, then you know exactly what we are talking about. But grapes? Sure, they are filled with natural sugars that help to caramelize nicely on the grill. A little bit of oil and a bunch of red grapes makes a great compliment to your grilled steak. Try green grapes as a side with grilled fish. You’ll need a grilling basket to toss the grapes around until they soften and start to brown. A touch of salt will bring out the sweet. These are pretty, delicious, and quite unusual.
Sausage Fruit Kebabs
When you think of sausages, thoughts of smoky flavored goodness served in a bun may come to mind. This is a great application, but does yet another sandwich seem boring? Then what do you do? You cut the sausage into chunks, add some fruit, a couple nice pieces of bell pepper, stick it all on a skewer and put it on the grill for a delicious kebab. Now that simple sausage is a beautiful dinner. You can expand on the theme by making a little sauce out of fruit juice and gluten free soy sauce, reduced down in a saucepan. All these flavors blend well. With the salty sausage and the sweet fruit, you’ve got a perfect combination.
Outside dining does not have to be the same old thing every time you fire up the grill. All of these are gluten-free and delicious! By playing around with a few new ingredients, you can come up with some amazing recipes. Surprise yourself and impress your family and guests with outrageously delicious dishes, hot off the grill!