Think beyond hotdogs and hamburgers -- get grilling with these easy tips and creative recipes.
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Summer and grilling go together like peanut butter and jelly. And what's not to love? Grilling is fast, healthy (since not much added fat is needed), and a dynamite way to add smoky flavor to foods. Think beyond the classic hamburger and hot dog -- fruits, veggies, and even breads grill beautifully.
Step 1: Set Up Your Grill
No grill? No problem. Use a stove-top grill pan; don't forget tongs and a basting brush, two grilling must-haves. Use the basting brush to grease the grill and glaze your food (a brush made of silicone stands up well to high heat).
Step 2: Heat the Grill
Do the hand test to gauge the level of heat on your grill. Hold your hand 4 inches above the grate. If you can keep it there for 2 seconds, you're at high heat. If you can keep it there for 4 seconds, you're at medium-high.
Step 3: Choose Your Food
While almost any cut of meat can be grilled, for best results choose relatively thin, quick-cooking cuts like chops, steaks, patties, and boneless chicken breasts. It's important to cook raw meat thoroughly, but be careful not to burn or overly char your food.
Tangy Tenders and Drumsticks
This recipe makes the most of everyone's two favorite parts of the chicken. Make sure to have lots of napkins available -- this chicken is finger-lickin' great.
Originally published in the August 2012 issue of Parents magazine.