Grilling provides varied, delicious cooking

A SHOT OF THE FINISHED BURGER WITH EXPERIMENTAL BUN, ACCOMPANIED by the side of asparagus.

Grilling is a great method of cooking, and it is very simple. An uncooked item is placed on a hot metal grate, and after a short time it is transformed into part of an excellent meal. One can grill meat, vegetables, fruits, fungi, bread, and more.

Last Friday night was grill night, so after a trip to Price Chopper, the grilling of many things commenced. The result was a spread of mouth watering delicacies that are all simple to make.

The big experiment of the night was the grilled dough that was to become the buns of a burger. Of course, one can always just toast store-bought buns on the grill, but anyone can make and enjoy grilled dough made from scratch.

If you decide to try your hand at this recipe, I recommend making a lot of dough for two reasons: The grilled dough is delicious and can be eaten plain in large quantities, and only a few of the pieces will be well-shaped enough to be used as burger buns.

To make the dough, dissolve one teaspoon of dry yeast in one cup of lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl. Then, after waiting 10 minutes, add three cups of flour, one teaspoon of salt, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix everything together well, pour some oil around and under the dough to prevent too much sticking, and let the dough rise for half an hour.

When the grill is hot, simply divide the dough into about ten pieces, attempt to flatten them out into four inch circles (this is the tricky part), and throw them on the grill. When the dough looks firm from the top side, flip the dough, and cook until both sides are browned and have dark grill marks.

WARNING: Do not try to flatten the dough after it is on the grill. It will probably be extruded through the grill and bake onto your burners or coals.

If everything goes well, you should end up with some great bread that can be eaten alone, or used as buns. The best part about this recipe is that whatever happens, the result will be delicious. Give it a try the next time you grill! The rest of the grilling is simpler.

Burgers can be bought ready to grill, or made from scratch relatively easily. The delicious burgers we made were ground beef stuffed with blue cheese. You can also stuff your handmade patties with butter, other cheeses, or other spices to mix things up.

Fruits, like the pineapple slices we grilled, can just be thrown on the grill until grill marks appear. These are another delicious item that can be consumed alone or added to a burger.

If you like mushrooms, grilled portobello caps are another great addition. Grill these until they have grill marks, are very juicy, and are very dark on the outside.

Great vegetables are similarly prepared. Asparagus, brushed with olive oil, thrown on the grill until browned, and salted and peppered, was an excellent side to the burger.

After grilling to your heart’s content, burgers can be garnished with lettuce, tomato, bacon, sautéed onion, cheese, and whatever else you can think of, and spread with your choice of condiments. Be sure to eat before everything cools off.

Every recipe or preparation mentioned above came out amazingly, and they will for you, too! Including everything results in a beautiful burger, but it will be too tall to eat, so be reasonable, or make multiple burgers.

Have your own grill night before the warm weather slips away to try out some of these great recipes.

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