Get Your Grill On
When neighborhood grills start firing up, you know it’s summer. Time to get out of the steam-filled kitchen and into the backyard. Grilling is a wonderful way to add a smoky twist to chicken, steaks, veggies and even dessert! Dessert? Yeah, we’ll get to that shortly.
Here are a few ways to prepare some of your summer favorites in a healthier and safer manner on the grill:
Splay out your chicken. Barbecued chicken is an American delight. But preparing it on the grill can be a pain—all that turning of each piece, not knowing if the thighs are still raw at the bone while the breasts are bone-dry. Here’s one of the most helpful grilling tricks you’ll learn all summer. If you don’t care about another word in this newsletter, just check out this easy recipe for grilling a spatchcocked chicken.
Enjoy fresh corn without butter. Pour a couple tablespoons of Louisiana-style concentrated liquid crab boil into a large pot of water, and then drop in the fresh corn. You should be able to smell the spices during cooking. If you don’t get a sharp whiff of the crab boil, just add a tad more (a little goes a long way). When the corn is finished, drain the water, squeeze some lemon juice over the ears, and sprinkle them with a salt-free spice such as Mrs. Dash or seasoned pepper. You’ll be surprised by the unique, savory flavor. Just call it “no-guilt corn.”
Grill your dessert, too. Nope, we’re not roasting marshmallows. Now we’re going to make grilled summer fruit kebabs with fresh pineapple, peaches, and strawberries, a little olive oil, and a dash of sea salt. Although the grilling process intensifies the sugars in the fruit, you can also sprinkle the finished kebabs with a bit of brown sugar while they’re still hot or drizzle them with honey or agave syrup after they cool. (Quick tip: soaking wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes before use helps prevent them from burning.)
How’s this for a summer menu that’s packed with flavor, texture, and interest, yet light on calories and salt?
Be sure to place your grill on stable ground at least 10 feet away from any buildings or overhanging tree branches, and keep a connected water hose or fully-charged fire extinguisher within arm’s reach.
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