5 fun things to cook on your grill

Your barbecue isn't just for grilling red meat. Here are 5 things you never knew you could make on your grill.

Fun new things to cook on your barbecue
Maple-Grilled Peaches
Photography by Matthew Kimura
Summer means being outside as often as possible, so it's a good thing you can cook almost anything on your barbecue. Here are five fun things to prepare on your grill:

1. Soups
Making a soup on your barbecue adds sensational smokey flavour you can't get on the stove. Simply grill up the vegetables of your choice. On your side burner, sauté onion and garlic in one tablespoon of oil in a pot. Add your vegetables and stock and bring to a boil. Puree your soup, if desired, and serve with crusty French bread.

2. Salads
Using your barbecue to make a summer salad is super easy. Simply grill a chicken or turkey breast, or piece of fish, slice it lengthwise and toss with mixed greens and your favourite homemade vinaigrette. Or, try a Grilled Vegetable Salad, Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad or a Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad.

3. Pizza
What's more fun than making a homemade pizza with your family? Making a homemade pizza outdoors on the grill! Simply roll out your dough, brush one side with oil, place the oiled side down on a greased grill and cook on medium until your dough begins to brown. Flip it over and grill for about one minute. Remove dough from the grill and transfer to a lightly-floured surface and prepare the pizza as you normally would, using your sauce, vegetables, cooked meat of choice and cheeses. Then place back on the grill for another 5-10 minutes, until done.

4. Corn on the cob
Crunchy, sweet summer corn is far more enjoyable from the grill. Soak the cobs (with husks on) for 30 minutes in water. Place cobs on grill and cook for about 25 minutes on low heat, turning once. After the cobs have cooled, pull back husks and enjoy with butter and salt. Or, brush your cooked cobs with one of these tasty toppings.

5. Desserts
Yes, you can even prepare delicious desserts on the barbecue. Pick your fruit of choice (pineapple, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, apples), halve them, place on a greased grill over medium-low heat, brush with maple syrup or honey and sprinkle with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Try Maple-Grilled Peaches (as seen in photo above) at your next barbecue.

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