In 2012, grilling is moving from just plain delicious to delicious and healthy. La Prensa Intern Amy Robinson taps expert grilling chef and author John Schlimm for tips to make you the neighborhood grilling guru this summer.
San Antonio.- In 2012, grilling is moving from just plain delicious to delicious and healthy. La Prensa Intern Amy Robinson taps expert grilling chef and author John Schlimm for tips to make you the neighborhood grilling guru this summer.
We all agree summer isn’t summer without a slice of watermelon. But who would have guessed that a grilled piece of watermelon could be even tastier?
Barbecuing is generally a haven for meat lovers creating sizzling steaks and burgers. But grilled fruit redefines the limits of outdoor cooking this summer. Combine sweet with smoky and discover a whole new spectrum of mouthwatering flavors.
“Opposites attract,” John Schlimm, author of Grilling Vegan Style, explained. “When that steel or cast iron grill with a flame meets beautiful fruits, it just becomes something incredible.”
The hot grill caramelizes the fruit’s sugars, creating a healthy and low-calorie dessert. And that’s not even the best part --these summer treats are incredibly easy to make as well.
Just pick your favorite fruit, brush with a little olive oil or grapeseed oil and slap it on the grill over indirect heat. Most fruit takes between 7 and 15 minutes to grill, but keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get overdone.
Here are some tips from the author to prepare this season’s grilled delights:
Give this summer classic a not-so-classic twist. After grilling to perfection, toss the watermelon with arugula and balsamic dressing to make a refreshing summer salad.
This recipe completely redefines traditional peaches and cream. Grill peach halves with the skin still on and then serve the sizzling treat with ice cream. If you want a more savory option, pair the peaches with chicken or any other meat.
Who said apple pie was as American as it gets? Combine this patriotic fruit with Americans’ favorite pastime of grilling and even Uncle Sam might change his mind. Cut and core the apples. Cover lightly with olive oil and spice things up with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
Small fruits like strawberries are a perfect choice for parties. Put out bowls of fruit and allow guests to build their own kebabs. Each kebab takes about seven minutes to grill. Laugh, eat, and become a host to remember with this easy party trick.
Introducing the grilled banana split! Simply cut bananas lengthwise and coat with brown sugar. Brush the grill with a little oil and place the bananas on the grill with the peels still on. Grill about three minutes on each side. Serve with ice cream and watch the family go bananas.
Turn desserts into fiery spectacles by marinating fruit with a favorite alcoholic beverage. Pineapple slices soaked in rum, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg makes a delicious flambé treat.
With the basics in hand, it will be easy to create sweet and savory combinations to delight everyone by marinating fruits in your favorite spices.
So what are you waiting for? Grill with gusto and broaden your culinary skills and your palette with these sizzling sensations.