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Friday, July 15, 2011

Grilling Breads and Potatoes | Family Economics

By Erin

grilling bread and potatoesToday we’re talking about grilling breads and potatoes. As soon as you add these to your grilling repertoire, you can make an entire meal on the grill. Sauté some veggies in a grill basket next to the steaks or chicken breasts sizzling away, and drop some garlic bread face down on the grill a few minutes before dinner is served. There’s little mess in the kitchen, and hardly any dishes to clean up after the meal!

And in case you missed it, we’ve already chatted about grilling meats and grilling fruits and vegetables.  

Grilled Garlic Bread – This is an easy, no-brainer bread, which is cooked on the grill. Garlic bread is one of those delicious complements to many dinner dishes and side dishes. It takes less than a minute to prepare and just a few minutes on the grill. The delicious garlic flavor combined with the smokiness from the grill makes for an amazing bready treat! Try this tasty Grilled Garlic Bread recipe.

Grilled Pizzas – Another family favorite to try on the grill is pizza. Just like the garlic bread, the grill adds an amazing smoky flavor to the pizza that you won’t get in a brick oven or in your own oven. Homemade dough does best on the grill, and store bought dough needs to be chilled before grilling. This way the dough is “set” so when it hits the grill it doesn’t droop and fall through the grill grates. The dough can be grilled on both sides and then toppings can be added, or it can be carefully placed on the grill with topping aboard and just the bottom grilled. Remember, grilled pizza cooks best over indirect heat with the oven kept on medium-low or around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Grilled Potatoes – Potatoes cook beautifully on the grill, especially if they have been pre-cooked slightly in the microwave. Just slit the potatoes and microwave for two to three minutes. Then carefully take them out to the grill to finish cooking over the fire. Potatoes can be skewered and cooked as kebabs, smashed and grilled, or grilled as fries. They can also be placed in foil and “grill-baked,” and then turned into potato salad.

Now that you’ve got these ideas, it’s time to get out to the grill and cook an entire meal!

Do you have a favorite way to grill potatoes, bread or pizza? Do tell!

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