Grilling Beyond Hot Dogs and Hamburgers – Gourmet Foods You Can Make at Home

Grilling doesn’t have to be limited to just hot dogs and hamburgers – there are many gourmet foods that you can grill from home. You’ll be amazed that you can cook the same types of things you’d expect at a five star restaurant right in your own backyard or even while camping!

You can make anything from lobster to filet mignon or even shrimp from your grill. You can also pair it with many grilled vegetables, such as potatoes or asparagus. Whether you use charcoal, propane, or natural gas to cook, many find that it is relatively easy to prepare these delicious meals and not nearly as intimidating as one might think.

Next time when you think about making hamburgers or hot dogs, you may want to consider one of these easy to prepare dinners below instead:

Filet Mignon: This is one of the most tender cuts of steak and can be made very easily simply by seasoning with a little salt and pepper. To make this dish, you will want to bring your cooking surface to the highest temperature as safely possible. If you like your meat prepared medium well to well you want to butterfly the filet which means to slice it lengthwise in half. This will help prevent it from burning on the outside before the center can cook. If you like yours rare to medium, there is no need to do this. Simply grill the steak on each side for 4-6 minutes and flip a third time if necessary. A meat thermometer will help you determine if it is done based on its temperature if you are unsure.

Lobster: You can prepare a lobster tail on the grill also rather easily. Simply cut the lobster so the meat on the underneath side is exposed and then using skewers place the skewer through the tail so to prevent curling while cooking. You can then marinate it with butter and garlic or your favorite recipe. Grill each side for about 5-6 minutes or until the meat has turned a white color.

Shrimp: You can also easily make shrimp on the grill. It cooks very quickly, in just a few minutes for smaller pieces and no more than 10 minutes for large jumbo shrimp. Because of the size of shrimp, you will want to either prepare it using skewers again or place it in a grilling basket to prevent it from falling down the spaces between the grate of the surface of the grill. You can brush on your favorite butter garlic sauce or even use barbecue sauce if you prefer.

Asparagus and Other Vegetables: Grilled asparagus compliments any of the foods above well, or you can use other vegetables such as squash. Simple place the vegetables on aluminum foil and lightly coat with butter or olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 4-8 minutes depending on the heat of the grill and stir if necessary.

The next time you are looking for something new and different to try when cooking outdoors, you’ll be amazed at how simple these items are to prepare and what a refreshing change of pace they can be to the usual cookout fare of hot dogs and hamburgers. You and those you are cooking for will feel as if you’ve eaten at a gourmet restaurant – without the expensive bill!

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