Ready to Enjoy the Outdoors?
Grilling season is among us! It also happens to be a healthy alternative that is convenient, easy, quick, and with little clean up. Also, you can pretty much grill anything from veggies and fruits to a variety of meat and fish.
Enjoy the warmer weather and finally getting outdoors by grilling for dinner. Here are some tips to create a delicious grilled meal, using many of the items you may even already have in your fridge and pantry.
Usually, when you think of grilling, you may go directly for the steak and chicken. Consider grilling your veggies alongside the meat. Many vegetables need only be sliced lengthwise, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Grill the veggies for a few minutes on either side, ensuring they retain most of their vitamins and minerals. Veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, and corn on the cob are great choices. Going light on the seasonings also will help to enhance the flavor, not cover it up.
Got a sweet tooth? Instead of reaching for the cookies or the ice cream, why not grill up some fruits? Stone fruits like peaches, plums, and apricots will caramelize beautifully on the grill. Simply brush the fruit lightly with honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, and then grill for a couple of minutes on either side, taking care not to overcook. Fruits like watermelon and pineapple also grill nicely. The heat draws out the natural juices and sugars, making a healthy sweet treat.
According to the Food Network, many people have a tendency to shy away from grilling fish. Cooking the right kind of fish is the key to successful grilling. Choose plump, meaty varieties instead of delicate, flaky fish. Fish is delicious lightly seasoned or rubbed with flavorful spices, like blackening seasoning. Leaving the skin on one side of the fish may be helpful when grilling. You can also create a foil packet for the fish, adding in veggies like onions and fennel, which cooks up a delicious meal in one package. Some fish that are great for the grill include halibut, tuna, swordfish, haddock, salmon, Mahi Mahi, or grouper.
Chicken has a tendency to be a standard grilling “go-to” and can get boring. Taking few considerations can make it anything but standard fair. Chicken breasts can be fickle, so pound them for even cooking to avoid a piece of meat of varying thickness. Soak the chicken in a solution of water and salt. Brining the chicken helps to reshape the proteins in the meat in such a way that helps it retain moisture better when grilling. Use a meat thermometer to check the chicken. The temperature needs to read 160 degrees for proper food safety. Top off your chicken with a variety of simple salsas or sauces, dressing it up and making it extraordinary.
Simple and Delicious Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
- Olive oil
- Juice of 4 lemons
- 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- A dash of salt
- 4 whole chicken breasts
Mix together some olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, honey and a dash of salt. Pound the chicken breasts until they are uniform thickness, then marinate them for about 24 hours in the fridge.
Grill ’em up … they should take 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through … turn them halfway through so they cook evenly on both sides, then set ’em aside and keep ’em warm.
Recipe courtesy Ree Drummond
Choosing a good cut of meat is the most important consideration when grilling steak. T-Bone and Porterhouse are premium cuts if you want to splurge. Ny Strip, Rib Eye, and Tri-Tip are also excellent. Allow your steaks to come to room temperature before grilling. Lightly season with oil, coarse salt and pepper. Heat the grill to a very hot temperature. Sear the steaks for 2-3 minutes on either side. Turn the heat down on the grill and finish cooking the steaks to desired doneness, using a meat thermometer to check the temperature:
Well Done: 160°+
Stop by your Cape ACE and check out our variety of grills. We have everything for the amateur to the connoisseur. We can help you search our aisles for fun accessories and serious grilling tools. Cape ACE has all you need to prepare for a season of tasty meals and gatherings with friends and family. One visit and you will see why we are the best hardware store in Annapolis. So fire up the grill, throw the beer on some ice, grab the tongs, and get grilling!