Summer is almost over and that means grilling season will be nearing its end as well — but not quite yet. If your family is getting tired of the same old hamburgers and hotdogs each and every week, it’s time to step up your grill game. Here are a few tasty ideas to take your late summer grilling to the next level.
Grilled Spatchcocked Greek Chicken
Sure, BBQ chicken legs are good, but why stop there when you can cook the whole bird? This recipe from Food Network teaches you how to spatchcock a chicken — a technique where the backbone is removed and flattened out. Taking this extra step nearly guarantees your chicken will come out tender and juicy, since it allows for even cooking. And with fresh lemon juice and seasonal herbs like dill and oregano, you can bet it will also taste delicious — no BBQ sauce required. Click here for the Grilled Spatchcocked Greek Chicken recipe from Food Network.
Mexican Grilled Corn
There are still a few more weeks to enjoy freshly picked corn on the cob. Instead of boiling your corn, husk it and cook it on a hot charcoal or gas grill instead. Zesty and delicious, Mexican Grilled Corn brings on the heat with chile and cayenne powder from your kitchen pantry cabinet or door mounted spice rack, plus lime juice, mayonnaise, and crumbled cotija cheese. If you can’t find cotija at your local grocery store, Parmesan cheese makes a nice substitute. Click here for an easy Mexican Grilled Corn recipe and step-by-step video from Bon Appétit.
Grilled Herb Potatoes
Everyone knows potatoes taste great, whether baked or wrapped in foil on the grill. With that said, this recipe elevates a plain spud to spectacular heights with the help of lemon juice and herb-infused, extra virgin olive oil. Better than just butter, these golden, garlicky potatoes are bursting with the flavors of freshly chopped parsley, chives, rosemary and oregano. Click here for the Grilled Herb Potato recipe from Epicurious.
Grilled Peaches And Plums With Mascarpone
Finish your meal with caramelized summer fruit on the grill. Grilling allows you to bring out the natural sweetness of fresh, seasonal fruit like watermelon, pineapple, peaches and plums. This scrumptious dessert goes a step beyond, with a sprinkling of sugar, a dollop of melted butter, and creamy Mascarpone cheese. For the Grilled Peaches and Plums with Mascarpone recipe from Food and Wine, click here.
Late summer is the perfect time for grilling in your outdoor kitchen, so raid your kitchen pantry cabinet, fire up the grill on your back patio, and let’s get cooking!
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