It’s the time of year when we’re all keen to fire up the old barbeque and get some of those delightful, meaty smells filling the air on a summer’s eve. Of course, there’s only so long that people can eat grilled burgers and sausages before getting a little bored of the taste… but who said barbecues were all about grilled meats in bread?
We’ve had a mess about on the grill to discover some alternative dishes that can be grilled to perfection!
Grilled Apricot and Prosciutto
Believe it or not, it’s actually possible to grill certain fruits on the barbecue. One of our favourites is grilled apricot, which works beautifully with some prosciutto and a sprig of mint. Simply cut the fruit in half, remove the stones and brush them with olive oil. Place these directly on the grill (ensuring that it’s thoroughly clean) and flip them every few minutes until they’re warm throughout. You can then serve two apricot halves per plate, with a slice of prosciutto and a couple of mint leaves. Why not finish off by crumbling come cheese on top? Voila – it’s the perfect summer starter!
I bet you didn’t know that you could cook a pie on a barbecue, did you? Well, the way in which you cook a pie could be about to change forever! The most reliable way to cook on a barbecue is with the use of a temperature gauge, which will give you a better idea of cooking times and hopefully help you to control the heat on your barbecue. To cook pie on a barbecue, ensure the briquettes are at one side of the barbecue, so that your pie can cook on the other; this means that you don’t have direct heat on the pie. Place your pie on the grill (on the opposite side to the briquettes), close the lid of the barbecue if you have one and cook for the suggested time period, or until the crust is golden brown.
Yeah, that’s right – chocolate cake! It might seem crazy, but it’s actually possible to cook desserts on the grill, too. Whether you have your own favourite chocolate cake recipe or you prefer the shop-bought, no-fuss variety – it all works the same. Simply empty your mixture into a disposable tin foil tray and place on the grill. Use the same amount of briquettes as you normally would, but put them on the outskirts of the barbecue where possible, so that the heat isn’t directly below the cake. You can then close the lid of your barbecue if you have one. It shouldn’t take much longer than normal to cook – just make sure you check that it’s cooked through by poking a skewer into the centre and ensuring it comes out dry and mixture free! Finish off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
So there you have it – a three course meal cooked entirely on the barbecue. And the best bit? Not a burger or hot dog in sight! Why not try experimenting with some of your own unusual barbecue recipes? Let us know what you discover!
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