summertime–break out the grill!

18 Apr

Aside from the obvious meats, your grill can be used to prepare a variety of great summertime side dishes! Here are a few suggestions that can help you make the whole meal on the grill and keep your kitchen cool.

* Grilled sweet potatoes: peel them, steam in the microwave until tender, then cut into thick slices [about 1/2″]. Rub with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the spices of your choice–kosher salt is good, and garlic is awesome. Place directly on grill [careful not to drop through the slats] and cook on the top rack if you have one or on the sides away from the flame while you’re cooking the main dish in the middle.

* Asparagus: steam for 1 minute in microwave and then brush with olive oil. Grill until tender.

* Potatoes and onions: Slice thin. Add red or yellow peppers if desired. Sprinkle with whatever seasonings you like: fresh herbs, paprika, or seasoned salt. Spray a sheet of foil with baking spray and wrap vegetables in the foil. Twist ends to fasten tightly and grill for 20 minutes or so. Flip and grill another 10 minutes, then serve. Be careful–the steam is hot when you open the packet!

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