After a winter cooped up in the house with the same-old casseroles and soups, spring is the perfect time to break out of your culinary rut — and make things a little easier on you. Grilling out can be fast, and it is definitely flavorful. But don’t stick to the typical burger and brats. Grilling can be so much more.
This spring, you can create complete, gourmet meals in a cinch on your outdoor — or indoor — grill. We’ve got two complete menus for you, plus a few goodies that will complement any meal we just couldn’t leave out of a best-of list.
A Taste of Spring
Fresh from the farmer’s market to your house, this Taste of Spring Menu will delight even the pickiest eater. With a hint of sweetness from the balsamic and a gooey layer of cheese, the California Grilled Chicken is a restaurant-worthy dish you can grill up in your backyard. 86 the avocado and tomato for non-adventurous tots, or serve it on the side.
Tender spring asparagus is one of the hallmarks of the season. Make yours extra flavorful with good grill marks. It pairs perfectly with the flavors of the chicken. Use leftovers the next day in a salad or on toast.
But what fresh, spring-inspired meal would be complete without dessert? Yes, dessert. On a grill. This quick, simple dessert is best with fresh pineapple, but if you’ve only got rings from a can, we won’t tell. We think everything is better with ice cream, but a scoop of mascarpone or a good Greek yogurt will also delight.
Vegetarians, watch out. The grill is going to be your new BFF. No need to dedicate grill marks to slabs of meat. Tender veggies are also gorgeous on the grill. A meatless menu of Grilled Eggplant Parm paired with an exquisite grilled veggie salad will wow your guests. Who needs a T-bone when there’s a bounty of veggies in the spring?
Using a grill-safe cast iron pan and an excellent jarred tomato sauce will keep your kitchen cool with everything on the grill.
Nothing tops off a night under the stars like a big, gooey slab of brownie. Pop yours on the grill after the mains are finished and by the time you’re ready, dessert will be warm and perfect. And we won’t tell if you skip the plates and spoon it right out of the pan.
Better yet, grab some tiny cast-iron skillets and make individual servings — adjust your grill time accordingly.
Too Good to Miss
Even if you don’t want to make the whole meal on the grill, these recipes are too good to miss.
Pair these Garlic Parmesan Grilled Potato Wedges with anything. And we mean anything. They’re golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside and just incredible enough to make you want to forget the main dish and tuck in to these all by themselves.
Having a few friends over for a glass of wine on the patio? Prep an easy app on the grill and you won’t have to keep going into the kitchen and missing out on the good gossip.
An incredible lunch option if you’re working from home. Get your nachos on the grill and sneak some sun on your lunch break.
Perfect with steak, chicken, or fish, this Grilled Panko-Topped Zucchini will be a family favorite.
Nothing says spring like a full, flavorful salad bowl. Whip yours up on the grill for a no-muss, no-fuss meal.