Lee Valley Treasure Trove
By Karen Bertelsen
This is the time of year when barbecuing is still fun and exciting! The kids are just out of school, no one’s sick of hamburgers yet and so far, you haven’t had a propane tank run out.
Most barbecue seasons go something like this: steak, hamburgers, chicken, sausage and repeat. For weeks on end, you repeat until the barbecue has lost all of its fun, but you keep using it because it’s summer and that’s what you’re supposed to do.
So, before your love affair with your barbecue starts to get stale and you start flirting with your oven again, take a step back and remember all those little things that made you love your grill in the first place. You may just need to add a bit more excitement to your relationship to get it sizzling again.
Almost anything can be cooked on a barbecue. Here are a few of my favourite, easy things you can grill, but probably don’t.
GRILLED PIZZA Pizza actually turns out MUCH better on a barbecue than in an oven. All you need is a pizza pan with holes in the bottom to allow the crust to get crispy. With the lid closed, heat your barbecue to as hot as it can get, throw your pizza in, close the lid and turn the gas down so you don’t burn the bottom. In 7 to 10 minutes, you’ll have a perfectly cooked pizza.
BBQ BEETS Wrap and grill whole beets in tin foil for 40 minutes. Remove skin, slice, drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar, and top with roasted walnuts and goat cheese
CHARRED CHARD Place whole swiss chard leaves on oiled grill and cook until wilted and charred on edges. Top with butter or olive oil, salt, pepper and squeeze of lemon
GRILLED PEACHES Grill on medium/low heat for 10 minutes each side. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey; serve with vanilla ice cream and roasted nuts.