David Worley Fannie Mae Grill ITOne of the great things about living below the Mason-Dixon is that it’s always grilling season.  No matter what, I’ve always got regular access to the grills on my roof, giving me a chance of year-round high-quality food, an opportunity many of my friends up north don’t have.  Yet sometimes, just grilling your stereotypical steak or bratwurst can get a bit old.  No need to worry, however: there are plenty of other things that you can grill.  Indeed, you can grill just about anything, and it will taste great.  Here’s a list of some unexpectedly delicious foods with grill marks on them!

  1. Pizza: This a lot better than your stereotypical frozen oven pizza, all you need to do is brush olive oil on some flattened pizza dough and place it on the grill.  Once the grill marks appear, take it off the heat and add desired toppings, grilled side up.  Then place back on the barbecue for two to three minutes.
  1. Meatballs: Place your uncooked formed meatballs on the grill and cook them covered for three to four minutes.  Then, open the grill back up, roll them over and continue to cook them for another two to three minutes.  After about 15 minutes, the meatballs should be browned on each side and ready to eat!
  1. Oysters/Clams: For shellfish, brush the shells with olive oil and place them on a high-heat grill until the shells open up.
  1. Quesadilla: Prepare the filling for your quesadilla, and brush the tortilla with olive oil.  Place it on the heat, oiled side down.  Top it with cheese and fillings, and once the cheeses starts melting and the bottom is browning, fold one side over with a spatula to seal up the concoction.
  1. Avocado: There’s been a lot of talk about avocados in the past five years or so, and for good reason: they’re healthy, and they’re delicious.  To grill them, cut the fruit in half (skin stays on), remove the seed and coat it with olive oil.  Place the cut side down onto the grates and grill it for five to seven minutes.  Once you’ve done this, you can top the avocado with whatever you’d like, maybe salsa or Greek yogurt.
  1. French Fries: For a healthier version of French Fries, try to roast potato slices on the grill.  Cut the potatoes into wedges, toss them with olive oil and seasonings and grill for about 10 minutes on each side.  You can also use sweet potatoes.
  1. Mozzarella: Take a thick slice of mozzarella and lightly coat it in an egg batter and bread crumbs.  Then grill it for a few minutes on each side.
  1. Ice cream: Scoop your ice cream into two-inch balls and place them back into the freezer for two hours.  Next, coat them in an egg batter and roll them in shredded coconut, repeating three times.  Place a metal skewer through the ice cream balls and put them back in the freezer until they’ve been frozen solid.  Then, put them on the grill for one to two minutes on each side.
  1. Watermelon: As the comedian Gallagher once taught us, watermelons can get extremely messy.  This even applies when you’re not smashing them with a comically oversized mallet.  To fix this problem, you can try throwing them onto the grill.  Brush them with olive oil and grill for three minutes on each side.  Next, sprinkle them with salt and squeeze some citrus once they’re ready to serve.
  1. Pound Cake: Once you’ve got your pound cake, slice it up.  Brush the cake with melted butter, and then place it on the grill over medium-low heat.  Grill for about two minutes per side, and serve with some whipped cream or berries.
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