“Grilling should be simple. Apply fire to meat. We’ve been doing that for almost 2 million years. But over time, grilling has evolved from a necessity to an art form….” So says Outside Magazine, at least. And we agree. To be a true Grill Master, you need to think like an artist and get creative!
While delicious and a staple of American summers, grilling can be so much more than your standard burgers, hotdogs, and store-bought condiments from your Kitchen Pantry Cabinet. If you’re feeling adventurous and ready to try something new, here are three gourmet recipes that will up your summer grill game this season.
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks With A Caramel Glaze
This fabulous recipe from Bon Appétit features a sweet and savory, caramelized glaze with the flavors of fresh garlic, rice wine vinegar, cumin, and crushed red and black pepper from your spice tray. Whether it’s chicken drumsticks, as called for in the recipe, or lamb kabobs and fish, Bon Appétit recommends cooking over indirect heat on the grill. This allows the meat to become crisp and succulent without overly charring the sugary sauce. For the complete recipe from Bon Appétit, click here.
Grilled Eggplant Tartines
This light, meatless dish from Better Homes and Gardens is ideal for summer grilling, and is packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you’ve ever planted your own garden, you know that eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh basil all thrive in warm temperatures. For this recipe, fresh eggplant is sliced, brushed with olive oil, seasoned, and grilled until tender. Topped with melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese and served on toasted Italian bread with garlic, you can easily enjoy this gourmet meal al fresco on the back porch or casually seated at the kitchen island. Click here for the Grilled Eggplant Tartines recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
Grilled Lobster Tails With Citrus Butter
Lobster tails are the ultimate ingredient in gourmet summer grilling and deserve more than plain drawn butter. With simple ingredients from your refrigerator and Kitchen Pantry Cabinet, you can easily make a spicy citrus butter brimming with complex flavor. This recipe from Fine Cooking calls for lemon and lime zest, garlic cloves, butter, and hot sauce for added heat. To learn how to make Grilled Lobster Tails With Citrus Butter, click here for the recipe and instructions from Fine Cooking.
Happy grilling, and for the true Grill Master, be sure to check out our recent blog on Homemade BBQ Marinades And Dry Rubs!
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