Foods You Didn't Know You Could Barbecue

Foods You Didn't Know You Could Barbecue

No need to limit your al fresco meals to the old faithfuls, these surprising foods make for great eating straight from the grill.


Grapes

Yes, really! The heat brings out the sweetness of these delicious little fruits, and they go perfectly with grilled pork chops (think of them as an alternative to apple sauce). Simply pop a bunch of grapes – any color – on the barbecue and turn frequently so the outer layer is slightly charred and the fruit is warmed through. This will release the sweet flesh within.

Granola

That’s a yes to breakfast outside! Simply scatter ready-made granola and your berries of choice (blueberries and raspberries work well) over aluminum foil and heat over the grill for a few minutes, shaking often so the berries soften and the oat nuggets warm evenly. Serve with Greek yogurt straight from the fridge – the sweet/sour and warm/cold combination is a taste sensation.

Pizza

Put your pizza on the barbecue, ingredients-side up, and let the coals do their thing – it adds an amazing smokiness to a family favorite.

Avocado

Halve a ripe avocado, discard the stone and place flesh-side down on the grill for a couple of minutes – these look almost too good to eat, with authentic charred stripes across vivid green flesh. Spoon out onto chicken, burgers or salad, or simply drizzle with olive oil and eat straight from the skin.

Sweet potato

Parboil sweet potato wedges, pat dry, toss in oil and season thoroughly before putting on the barbecue for 10 minutes, turning frequently. Add smoked paprika to your seasoning mix for a really delicious flavor that complements the sweetness of the wedges perfectly.

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Apples

Core a cooking apple, stuff with dried fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, wrap in foil and push into the coals as the barbecue embers die down. When the flesh is soft, unwrap and grill so the skins are slightly charred. Serve with Greek yogurt or crème fraîche.

Romaine lettuce

Lettuce? On a barbecue? Yes indeed! Wash a whole Romaine lettuce, drizzle with oil and place on the grill, turning frequently. By keeping the lettuce whole, it stays firm but takes on a smoky flavor. Either serve the leaves whole, or chop into a bowl as the perfect salad base.

Herbs

Herbs such as thyme or rosemary straight from the garden are best as they come on their own little ‘branches’ that you can lay across the grill. Drizzle with olive oil first, then enjoy the delicious aroma they release as the heat warms them through. Once finished, sprinkle them over cooking meat.

A toasted sandwich

But of course! Simply choose your bread, add your filling (cheese and tuna works beautifully), brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil and barbecue, turning often.

Top tip

Barbecues = greasy grills, so make the cleanup operation easy with Dawn soap, specially formulated to cut through grease and leave your grill sparkling. Ta-da!

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