Memorial Day is just around the corner, and to many that means some kind of barbecue party outside with family and friends, with piles of grilled dogs, burgers, and various meats. Now don’t get me wrong, I like a grilled burger or a hot dog and all that, but that’s such a limited menu for what you could grill and serve up to your happy and hungry posse. Other things I like to grill include watermelon, romaine, and corn.
Watermelon, surprisingly, can be grilled. Simply remove the rind and cut slices between 1 and 2 inches, and then lightly salt it. Let it rest about fifteen minutes, then rinse and pat dry. It will need something to keep it from sticking to the grill like a light brushing of olive oil. This will only need to be grilled for about three minutes, about the time you start seeing grill marks it’s done. I also like to serve this with Greek Yogurt for dipping.
Romaine can also be grilled. You will want to quarter the head, right down to the stalk. This allows the base to keep the leaves together in a tidy bundle. Brush with olive oil and grill for a couple of minutes, looking for those grill marks. I like to use grilled romaine in salads, or even as a topping for a grilled burger.
Corn may be associated by some with the Fourth of July, but I would eat corn on the cob at any time of year. Corn can be handled the same way. You can grill it unshucked or shucked. I like to grill mine shucked, with oil and sea salt brushed on, then grill it. I then brush the grilled corn with my favorite barbecue sauce at the last minute, and grill a bit longer, at least until the sauce is hot, for a twist on corn on the cob. As one might assume, this version is quite messy, so it’s perfect for that outside event.
These are only three of the many foods I could have listed. So much food can be grilled, and is often improved by doing so. It certainly will set your party above the crowd, with a variety of tasty grilled treats that go above and beyond that one neighbor (you know who I mean) who always out hosts everyone else on the block.