If you've got your grill going for your main dishes, why not grill your sides, too? Plenty of fruits and vegetables are improved with a bit of char, giving them an entirely new taste you and your cookout guests will love. Vegetables that are stuffed or put on skewers get beautiful grill marks, but benefit most from the smokiness added through the cooking process. Fruits also can be grilled, with the high heat caramelizing the natural sugars for an irresistible side or dessert.
Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream
Whether fruit, vegetable, or meat, pretty much anything can be improved by grilling. Adding a deep smoky flavor to recipe ingredients, like salad or dip components, results in dynamic dishes that are sure to please. Or just choosing more unusual foods to grill (pineapple, anyone?) can provide an interesting side that will leave guests talking.
Grilling brings out the sweetness in peaches, and the caramelization created by the fruit on the searing hot grates adds a bittersweet bite you'll never forget. You can use apricots or nectarines instead of peaches if you have those. Garnish with mint, if desired.