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12 New Food Ideas to Try on the Grill

12 New Food Ideas to Try on the Grill

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If you think grilling is limited to hotdogs and hamburgers, it's time to look outside the bun. Grilling gives a whole new dimension to a variety of foods, plus it saves you from heating up the kitchen. Try the following foods on the grill and serve them at your next get-together. Your grill may just take center stage at more of your meals from now on.

  1. Iceberg Lettuce. Add a little smoke to your salad and toss it on the grill! Simply wash and cut a head of lettuce in half and grill for about five minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Break apart on a serving plate, add more veggies, or simply enjoy with a tasty dressing.
  2. Pizza. Brush olive oil on a pre-made pizza dough and place it on the grill. Once grill marks appear, take it off the heat and add toppings, grilled side up. Place the pizza back on the BBQ for two to three more minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble.
  3. Quesadilla. Brush flour tortillas with olive oil and place on the heat, oiled side down. Top with cheese and fillings (cooked beef or chicken, beans, salsa, etc). Once the cheese starts melting and the bottom is browning, fold one side over with a spatula to seal it up. Remove from the heat and enjoy (with guacamole, salsa and sour cream, of course!).
  4. Fruit & Vegetable Kebabs. Just browse through Fiesta's produce section: most anything can be grilled. The combinations are endless. From colorful bell peppers to onion slices, portobello mushrooms, zucchini coins, sliced sweet potatoes and cherry tomatoes. Or, how about some fruit kabobs with pineapple, peeled plantain coins (make sure the plantain skin is black when you buy it in the store - those are the sweeter ones), grapes, firm banana coins, berries…even kumquats! Coat with olive oil and grill, turning once or twice, until vegetables are cooked through or until fruits are warm and smoky.
  5. Clams and Oysters. Place your bi-valves in a bucket of cold water and rinse thoroughly to remove any debris. Dry the shells, brush with olive oil, and place on a high-heat grill for two to three minutes ― they're ready when the shells pop open.
  6. Meatballs. Place the uncooked, formed meatballs on the grill and cook, covered, for three to four minutes. Open the grill, rotate them, and continue cooking for another two to three minutes. After about 15 minutes, the meatballs should be browned on each side. Serve with pasta, on a sub sandwich or as an appetizer with a marinara dip.
  7. Bacon. Cooking bacon can be a greasy mess indoors, so grill it outdoors instead! For perfectly crisp bacon, cook each slice for five to six minutes on medium-high heat. Add to a burger, crumple into  salads, or enjoy straight from the plate.
  8. Grilled Potatoes. Scrub and slice unpeeled potatoes into wedges. Toss with olive oil and desired seasonings. Grill for about 10 minutes on each side. Also try sweet potatoes or jicama, or all of them!
  9. Bread. Slice a crusty loaf of artesian bread, brush with olive oil, and rub with a garlic clove. Place on the grill until lightly browned ― about three minutes per side. Sprinkle with sea salt and shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.
  10. Mozzarella Cheese. Lightly coat thick mozzarella cheese sticks in an egg batter and bread crumbs. Grill for a few minutes on each size, or until the cheese starts to slightly melt. Serve with marinara sauce, salad dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.
  11. Peaches. Cut the peach in half and rub with butter. Place buttered-side down and close the lid. Grill for about four minutes on each side or until softened and charred. Serve with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream!
  12. Pound Cake. Slice a pound cake and brush slices with melted butter and place on the grill over medium-low heat. Grill for about two minutes per side, and serve with the grilled peaches and ice cream (see above).

When it comes to grilling, stop by Fiesta to pick up your all-time favorites - and for those of you who are adventurous, try some new items as well. Our exotic produce would be a fun place to start. You never know what your next favorite on the grill will be.

If you have a favorite food that you like to grill, please share it with us in the space provided below.

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