>> Friday, May 14, 2010

There's nothing we love more than playing with fire. Err. I mean, spending the entire day in our backyard grilling. As a result, we've come up with some pretty fun (and dare we say impressive?) recipes. Since the weather is looking good for the coming weekend, today we're sharing foods we'll likely be grilling for ourselves. They're sort of our go-to grill recipes.

If you'd like to grill your own pizza, check out this post with all the details.

Anyway, there's nothing easier that slicing some veggies, throwing them on a skewer, and putting them to flame. Even better is that it's healthy, too. So, check out these grilling recipes. And spend some time outside relaxing this weekend!

Grilled Veggies

Just get for your favorite veggies together (we like green peppers, white onions, garlic, and white mushrooms) and chop as needed. Slide onto some skewers . . . brush lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. And grill, paying close attention so you don't overcook (by this we mean: don't let your lawn games distract you). Veggies are done when they are lightly blackened . . . and, in the case of the green peppers, aren't hard to chew through. Yeah. Test this by eating some.

Grilled Cheesy Flatbread

You'll need to make or buy some pizza dough (we highly recommend the recipe for pumpkin dough, which does well on the grill due to its high moisture content). Divide into handful sized pieces and stretch out much like you would a pizza. Follow the pizza grilling process you find on this post . . . but when you get to the toppings part, just use some shredded mozzarella and chopped basil or cilantro. When you're done grilling, drizzle everything with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You may wish to broil in your oven for extra browned-ness.

Grilled Panini

This one's REALLY easy. Purchase some ciabatta bread. Then make sandwiches using portabella (you may wish to saute them first), fresh mozzarella, basil, spinach, roasted red peppers, tomato -- etc., you name it. Don't forget some condiments like balsamic and oil. Then lightly brush the crust with a bit more olive oil. Then wrap in tin foil and set on the grill. Get two heavy stones to press the sandwiches down. Cook for between 5 and 10 minutes. If you'd like to add a little extra char, just take them out of the tin foil and lightly brown each side. This creative method comes to you from my in-laws.

One more thing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

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