One of the worst things about summer is having to make dinner in the heat. One of the best things about summer is being able to grill outdoors to avoid heating up your kitchen. It has been a long time since I have had a grill, but I am so happy that our new home allows us to have one. In fact, we went a bit overboard and now have two–one gas, one charcoal. The gas grill is great for quick dinners that taste delicious. The charcoal grill requires a bit of planning (and maybe a summer cocktail while you wait for the coals to heat up), but rewards you with great flavor. There is something really wonderful about taking a few minutes to stand outside, look at the sky and listen to the birds and crickets while you grill. I have enjoyed every minute of grilling this summer.
Hit the Gas or Get Fired Up with Inspired Grill Recipes
I used to think that grilling was easy but have since come to respect the art of grilling. You need to time things properly, figure out the best way to heat what you’re cooking, and to prepare ingredients properly. Fortunately, America’s Test Kitchen has just published Master of the Grill, a cookbook devoted to grilling with recipes carefully tested and engineered in characteristic ATK style. What I love about this book is that it is divided into simple and quick recipes, recipes for when you have a bit more time or want something a bit fancier, and recipes that are really grilling projects. Many of the recipes offer a basic version and then variations for different sauces. Best of all, the recipes each give instructions for both gas and charcoal grill. This book has quickly become my go-to book for inspiration.
As much as I love this book, I have been reading all sorts of different online posts and recipes for the grill this summer. It feels like every day I come across another recipe that I add to my to-make list. There are the traditional beef recipes, ones with international flavors, ones that will keep your vegetarian friends happy (and we know the importance of vegetarian cookout dishes), and even desserts.
Serving Up A Few of My Favorite Inspired Grill Dishes
- Steakburger with Tangy Caramelized Onions and Herb Butter from Epicurious
- Grilled and Blue Cheese Buttered Steak with Bourbon Caramelized Onions from Food for My Family
- Indian-Spiced Chicken, Eggplant, and Tomato Skewers from Epicurious
- Hawaiian Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Coconut Rice from Recipe Runner
- Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers from Serious Eats
- Grilled Ratatouille With Crostini and Goat Cheese from Melissa Clark of The New York Times
- Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple from Oh, Sweet Basil
- Grilled Peach Splits from Smitten Kitchen
Check out my Inspired Grill Pinterest Board for even more grilling ideas.