Get Ready to Grill
Memorial Day weekend is here, and many of us mark the beginning of the summer season by dusting off the grill and cooking outdoors. Even here, in my modern apartment building, we have a charcoal grill for tenants to use. I love the taste of grilled food, and I'm constantly surprised by the ingenious recipes of Calorie Count members. We can rise out of the ho-hum of burgers and chicken wings with their high fat and sodium, and take our grilling to a new, healthy level.
Everyone has their favorite marinades and cooking methods, whether the grill is gas or charcoal, or an open camp fire. We're going to step away from the ordinary and explore the variety of all the foods available to us. Are you ready to take the heat out of the kitchen and out onto the grill?
The basics of grilling are simple, but important. First, begin with an immaculately clean grill. You don't want the flavors of past things to haunt your food. No matter what kind of grill or fuel you are using, the grill must be preheated before you begin. Allow charcoal to burn down so that it is covered with fine white ash with no black spots showing. This step is what imparts the distinctive grill marks and sears the food to seal in the juices.
Here are great grilling tips from About.com Barbecue & Grilling FAQ.
You can grill just about any food, as long as it's in large enough pieces. You can even grill strips of vegetables or asparagus if you use this tip: Place a stainless steel cake cooling rack crosswise on the grill and preheat it.
We think you'll have fun cooking and eating our featured recipes, all contributed by Calorie Count members:
- Lime Grilled Fish with Salsa - Such a simple recipe with only 3 ingredients, but lively with Southwestern flavor. The lime juice is just enough to bring out the sweetness of the firm flavored fish.
- Grilled Ginger Pork with Grilled Tomatoes - Marinated overnight, The pork is tender and succulent, and won't dry out on the grill. Richly flavored with rosemary and sherry, the addition of fresh ginger and hot red pepper give this pork something special. The grilled tomato halves are simple and the perfect accompaniment.
- Honey Grilled Chicken Breast - Quick marination is the secret to success with this recipe. Chicken breast is notoriously hard to keep moist on the grill, but the marinade does the job. Flavors of citrus, ginger and garlic add spark.