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Ideas for Grilling Family-Friendly Meals

posted by Marissa March 21, 2016 0 comments

Spring is officially here and it’s time to be outdoors! Let’s start off the season right with some fun family-friendly recipes that will get you out of the kitchen and cooking on your grill.

Grilled Pizza Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good pizza? If you’ve never tried grilling one, you (and your family!) are in for a treat.

The first tip for pizza grilling success is having all of your ingredients ready to go. Cook your dough for a minute or two, flip, and then add your toppings.

What You Need:
  • 1 ball pizza dough (about 1 pound), store-bought or homemade
  • 1/2 to 1 cup tomato sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • Cheese (mozzarella, grated Asiago or Swiss, and grated Parmesan)
  • Toppings (herbs, thinly sliced vegetables, pepperoni and salami, prosciutto, chopped greens such as kale, or diced tomatoes)
  • Olive oil
  • Grill, gas or charcoal
  • Brush
  • Metal tongs
  • Metal spatula
  1. Heat the grill: You should heat it quite hot; try for at least 550°F. Set it up so the pizza is over direct heat.
  2. Gather ingredients and toppings: Set up a table or bench near the grill so you have easy access to everything.
  3. Also have your tools close to hand: You will want a pair of long metal tongs. A spatula may be helpful, although not absolutely necessary. You may want a hot pad or oven mitt if your grill lid gets hot.
  4. Prep your dough: It should be stretched or rolled out into a thin circle.
  5. Brush the dough with olive oil: Brush one side of the dough with oil; this is the side you’ll lay down on the grill.
  6. Grill one side of the pizza: Lay the dough with the olive-oil side down. Brush the top of the dough with a thin layer of olive oil. Let the dough cook for about 3 minutes, with the lid off, or 1-2 minutes with the lid on. Use the tongs to lift up the dough from time to time. You want grill marks on it, but you don’t want the dough to get crispy.
  7. Top the pizza: Flip the dough over with the tongs or spatula. The dough should come up easily and flip without tearing. Now is where your organization comes in! You need to top the pizza quickly. Spread on a thin layer of sauce, some cheese and toppings. It shouldn’t be too heavily loaded, or the pizza won’t cook well.
  8. Cook the pizza: Put the lid on and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Use your sense of smell; if the pizza smells like it’s burning, take the lid off and move the pizza to a cooler part of the grill or turn the heat down.
  9. Remove the finished pizza: Remove the lid and check the pizza. The edges should be crisp and well-done, and the cheese should all be melted. Drag the pizza off with the spatula or tongs. Let cool for 3 minutes, then cut into pieces and eat!

Source: the kitchn

Easy Hamburger Recipe

If you want juicy, tender burgers that are easy to make, this recipe from Mirlandra’s Kitchen is for you!

  • 1 pound hamburger, 20% fat (this is the perfect fat content so no substitutions!)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs or gluten free Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½. tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2-3 Tbsp. ice water, optional
  • Seasoning salt or kosher salt for grilling
  • Cheese, pineapple and assorted hamburger condiments
  1. Gently combine all ingredients with your fingers until they are mixed. Over-mixing will destroy the tenderness.
  2. To form the patties, take the lid to a gallon jar or use Mason jar ring. Line it with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edges of the lid. Place on a kitchen scale and zero it. Then add the desired amount of meat and gently press the meat flat. Press an indentation into the middle of the patty to help your burger cook flat. Set the burger/plastic wrap aside and repeat until you have the number of burgers you want.
  3. Start with a clean, oiled grill and grill several minutes on the first side before flipping for about two additional minutes. Salt patties as you go with seasoning salt or kosher salt. Add cheese about two minutes before the burgers are done on the second side. Note: Grilling times will vary based on heat and type of grill.

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