Foods you didn’t know you could barbecue

Foods you didn’t know you could barbecue

No need to limit your al-fresco meals to the old faithfuls – these surprising foods make for great eating straight from the grill.

No need to limit your al-fresco meals to the old faithfuls – these surprising foods make for great eating straight from the grill.

Barbecue weather is finally here! Well, every now and then – and usually only for about five minutes. But when the sun is shining, us Brits love to fire up the barbecue.

And while the staples of burgers, hot dogs and chicken legs always go down a treat, you can be a little bit more creative than that with our scrumptious suggestions…

Grapes

Yes, really! The heat brings out the sweetness of these delicious little fruits, and they go perfectly with grilled pork chops (think of them as an alternative to apple sauce).

Simply pop a bunch of grapes – any colour – on the barbecue and turn frequently so the outer layer is slightly charred and the fruit is warmed through. This will release the sweet flesh within.

Granola

Simply scatter ready-made granola and your berries of choice (blueberries and raspberries work well) over aluminum foil and heat over the grill for a few minutes, shaking often so that the berries soften and oaty nuggets warm evenly.

Serve with Greek yoghurt straight from the fridge – the sweet/sour and warm/cold combination is a taste sensation. That’s a yes to breakfast outside, then!

Pizza

Put your pizza on the barbecue, ingredients-side up, and let the coals do their thing – it adds an amazing smokiness to a family favourite.

Avocado

Halve a ripe avocado, discard the stone and place flesh-side down on the grill for a couple of minutes – these look almost too good to eat, with authentic charred stripes across vivid green flesh.

Spoon out onto chicken, burgers or salad, or simply drizzle with olive oil and eat straight from the skin.

Sweet potato

Parboil sweet potato wedges, pat dry, toss in oil and season thoroughly before putting on the barbecue for 10 minutes, turning frequently.

Add smoked paprika to your seasoning mix for a really delicious flavour that complements the sweetness of the wedges perfectly.

Apples

Core a cooking apple, stuff with dried fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, wrap in foil and push into the coals as the barbecue embers die down.

When the flesh is soft, unwrap and grill so the skins are slightly charred. Serve with Greek yoghurt or crème fraîche.

Romaine lettuce

Lettuce? On a barbecue? Yep! Wash a whole Romaine lettuce, drizzle with oil and place on the grill, turning frequently.

By keeping the lettuce whole, it stays firm but takes on a smoky flavour. Either serve the leaves whole, or chop into a bowl as the perfect salad base.

Herbs

Herbs such as thyme or rosemary straight from the garden are best as they come on their own little ‘branches’ that you can lay across the grill.

Drizzle with olive oil first, then enjoy the delicious aroma they release as the heat warms them through. Once finished, sprinkle them over cooking meat.

A toasted sandwich

But of course! Simply choose your bread, add your filling (cheese and tuna works beautifully), brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil and barbecue, turning often. Now that’s what we call a toastie.

Top tip

Barbecues = greasy grills, so make the clean-up operation easy with Fairy Platinum Washing Up Liquid, which is specially formulated to cut through grease and leave your grill sparkling. Ta-da!

What foods do you love to barbecue? Anything unusual? Let your fellow readers know in the comments section below.

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Large mushrooms

HappyandfunXXXXX 03/05/2017

Put large field mushrooms in a piece of tinfoil with a little crushed garlic and a dash of olive oil.Fold them up into little envelopes and cook on the outside of the barbecue.....an extra that can be enjoyed by vegetarians,vegans or gluten free guests as well as those hungry meat- eaters!

Bananas in their skin

Littleeff 02/05/2017

Serve with ice cream and a splash of brandy!

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