Unique Ideas For Father's Day Grilling
Father's Day is heading our way, and we're heading outside to the grill! Cooking out is a popular way to celebrate dad during the summer, but the regular burgers and hot dogs can get a little boring and make you feel like you're working with a play kitchen. We want Father's Day to be spectacular. There are so many other foods we can grill that we never think about. Here are 5 unique grilling ideas for Father's Day.
The key to a really good stir fry is high heat, and your grill is almost as good, if not better, than your stove top when it comes to that. Don't let the grate on your grill stand between you and a stir fry; a good grill grid keeps cut up vegetables from falling through the cracks. You can even put a wok on the grill. Add your veggies to a bowl of noodles or rice, and you're on your way to an authentic Asian meal.
If dad is a pizza guy, there's no reason he can't have a slice and grill out at the same time. Like stir fry, pizza requires high heat to cook, which makes the grill the perfect place to make pizza on a summer day (It's fun and you won't heat up the kitchen!). The easiest way to avoid destroying your pizza on the grill is by using pre-baked crusts. All you do is top it with sauce, cheese and your favorite ingredients, grill it until the cheese melts, and you're done. However, you can use uncooked pizza dough, but the process is a little more involved. Stretch out your dough and brush one side with olive oil. Lay it on the grill, oiled side down and let it cook for about three minutes while you brush the other side with oil. Flip it and quickly top it with sauce, cheese and ingredients. It's tricky, but making it is as fun as eating it.
Just about anything you might put in a casserole dish and bake, you can put in a foil packet and grill. It's just like hobo dinners you had as a kid on camp outs! Potatoes au gratin, roasted root vegetables, cheesy garlic bread--there's really no limit to what you can grill if you have a few sheets of foil.
A good dessert makes any holiday dazzling, and a dessert made on a grill makes Father's Day fantastic. There are a couple of ways you can do this. If you want to do strawberry shortcake, you can slice pre-baked pound cake or angel food cake, brush both sides with butter and grill each side just enough to make grill marks and then top each slice with strawberries and whipped cream. If it's really hot, you can top it with ice cream. If you're in the mood for a little more work, you can make a cobbler with fruit from your garden but instead of using a glass dish, use a disposable aluminum pan. Topped with foil, you can let it bake on top the grill and trap the heat so it bakes just like it would in a conventional oven.
We love to make vegetable kebabs on the grill, but you can use this idea with fruit, too! The best you can use just about any fruit, but pineapple, peaches, and watermelon work the best. You can even grill slices of each by themselves and top them with ice cream to make a divine dessert to celebrate summer.