Today’s post is a bit off the topic of science. It is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10 blog hop and today’s topic is “10 foods”. I wanted to participate and I figured grilling is a science!
Getting meat to just the right temperature, keeping it juicy, yet cooked thoroughly and not letting it turn into leather is a science. Grilling other foods to perfection takes some experimenting, as well. Here are some of our top grilling experiments that have turned out great.
1. Grilled Beets – Seriously. They are good. Slice them. Brush them with olive oil. Grill them for 5 to 10 minutes per side, depending on the heat of your grill. Sprinkle them with salt and eat them warm. This sweet and salty treat is a big hit at our house.
2. Cabbage – Cut your cabbage into 8 wedges. Wrap two wedges at a time and a pat of butter and some salt in foil sprayed with non-stick spray. Make sure it is wrapped tight and put on a part the grill with indirect heat. Cook 15 minutes. So good!
3. Veggie Kabobs – Skewers of onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, squash and tomatoes are a favorite of ours. Brush on a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Then grill until the veggies are tender.
4. Herbed Beef Kabobs – I always have rosemary or savory growing in our herb garden. I make a paste of either herb, garlic, olive oil and a little salt and rub it on chunks of beef. Then, skewer the beef and grill. Yum!
5. Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs – We love cilantro and lime on anything! Sometimes, I just throw the juice of a lime, a 1/2 cup or so of fresh chopped cilantro, a clove of chopped or pressed garlic and a little olive oil in a plastic bag with strips of chicken breast and let it marinade for an hour or two. Skewer the chicken and grill. It is great with grilled veggies and chips and fresh salsa.
6. Peaches – My brother introduced this to me. If you love peaches, imagine them warm and slightly caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside. Just cut the peach in half. Take out the pit and grill on a lightly oiled grate cut side down until you get grill marks and the peach sugar starts to caramelize. Turn the peach over and grill for just a few more minutes.
7. Rubbed and Grilled Pork Loin – We tried this grilled pork loin recipe a couple years ago. It was a winner and has become a summer grilling staple for us.
8. Shrimp – Use a simple marinade like the one used above for the cilantro lime chicken. Marinade for an hour or so. Skewer and grill. Love!
9. Pineapple – Place slices of fresh pineapple on a lightly oiled grill. Grill about 4 or 5 minutes per side. The slices should have grill marks and you should be able to see the fruit’s sugar caramelizing.
10. Hamburgers – I just couldn’t leave burgers off the list. It’s hard to beat a burger on the grill when you are grilling in the backyard with family and friends on a summer afternoon.
What are your favorite foods on the grill?