Rum-spiked pineapples, chocolate pizzas, and more unexpected treats from the grill.
April 10, 2009
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Grilled Clams with Sambuca and Italian Sausage
To keep the clams from falling through the grill rack, use a shellfish grate or a vegetable grill grate. Or buy bigger clams; you can set them directly on the grill rack. To keep clams fresh, store them in an open bowl in the refrigerator, and use them as soon as possible. Avoid storing clams in a sealed plastic bag or on ice.
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Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Dressing
A quick char the grill adds an interesting twist to this sizzling salad, then a drizzle of creamy blue cheese dressing seals the deal with a burst of cool flavor. Quick Tip: Look for packaged hearts of romaine with the bags of prewashed salad greens in your supermarket's produce section. If available, use multicolored teardrop tomatoes for a beautiful peak-of-summer presentation.
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These fries make a wonderful accompaniment to Simply Great Steak. If you have a large enough grill, start grilling the potatoes with the steak so everything will be done at the same time. Otherwise, tent the beef with foil to keep it warm. This perfect combination will guarantee rave reviews from friends and family.
Grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in the fresh pineapple. Serve as a side dish with barbecued chicken or pork for summer cookouts. Add a scoop of vanilla light ice cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut to transform the grilled pineapple spears into a dessert that not only looks gorgeous, but is also a sweet and healthy finale for your guests.
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Chocolate Pizza with Apricot Preserves and Bananas
Semisweet chocolate morsels, ripe bananas, and apricot preserves combine in a deliciously gooey dessert that deserves a standing ovation. The recipe calls for letting dough rise one hour. You can also let it stand at room temperature overnight with the same great results. Slice bananas just before adding to pizza to avoid discoloration.