Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A whole meal, cooked on the grill!

I've been thinking for a couple of weeks about if it was possible to do an entire meal on the grill. Not a grilled veggie kabobs and grilled chicken type meal, because of course that can be done. I was thinking of a more complete meal - one where I would normally use my oven.

As I posted a few days ago, I simply LOVE zucchini fries now. But with temperatures in the upper 90's today, I did NOT want to turn on my oven. So I decided to try "baking" them on the grill.

My grill has three burners - so I lighted it up, and turned the left and right ones down to low grill, and turned the middle burned off. I have a thermostat on the front of the grill, so I was hoping for approximately 400 degrees.

Meanwhile I prepped the zucchini - cut it into match sticks, dipped it in a beaten egg (which turned out just as well as the whipped egg white - so don't bother with the beaters), and then in the mixture of panko crumbs, flour and spices. These went into a greased disposable aluminum pan. Onto the top shelf of the grill they went, and I left them there to cook for about forty five minutes.

Meanwhile, I decided the rest of the menu would be potatoes, steak, salad and strawberry shortcake.

For the potatoes I almost followed my recipe from June:

After I put the potatoes on the grill, I made up the batter for strawberry shortcake:

1 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup melted butter
3 Tablespoons sugar

Mix these together, and then add milk until it is a thick dough consistency.

I then spooned the batter onto a sheet of aluminum foil, and put them on the grill. They probably cooked 30 minutes total.

(this was after about fifteen minutes)

I turned the right side of the grill up to high, and went back in to prep the steaks. I normally use a rub from Penzeys called "Chicago Steak Seasoning". I cooked the steaks about three minutes per side, and then took it all off the grill. It worked great!

To make the strawberry sauce, I melted 1 cup of low sugar strawberry jam (that I canned in May), and added about 10 sliced strawberries. Serve with whipped cream:


Wani said...

Great Idea! We love to cook on the grill but we haven't done a whole meal yet. We'll have to give it a try sometime! Thanks! C'mon by Wani's World and check out my WFMW post!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

Love the idea of not turning on the oven! Thanks for the idea!

Muthering Heights said...

How convenient!

Kass said...

Mmmm... I'm looking forward to that kind of strawberry shortcake near me... :)