Breakfast on the Grill

Grilled food is one of the tastiest items on any menu and can be easily done at home. Most people think of grilling or barbequing as picnic lunch or dinner items that are mainly hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks. There are so many more possibilities for tasty treats including breakfast items that add to a family occasion or make life easier out in the wild.

Charcoal grills give a smoky taste that says back to nature in the great outdoors. They are the least costly grill mainly because they have the fewest parts. Charcoal grills take time to heat to the right cooking temperature, so this needs to be done well in advance. Some models have a gas starter that can get the charcoal going quicker.

Gas grills can be heated quickly and do not need a long preheating time. To save on gas, either propane or natural gas, cooking should start within minutes of turning on the gas and the gas should be turned off as soon as the food is done. For a smoky flavor, wood chips can be added. Propane gas grills come in portable sizes for easy cooking at picnics or on camping trips.

Electric grills are the best for indoor grilling. They heat a little slower than gas but much faster than charcoal. Once you are set up with your grill of choice, it’s time to look at recipes. Breakfast is an unusual time to fire up the grill, but the rewards are great.

Starting the day in the outdoors with grilled fruit gives a lot of energy. The fruit should be firm such as pineapple, apples, pears or firm bananas. Cut the fruit into large pieces leaving the peels on. Soak the fruit in cold water for 30 minutes with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a few ice cubes added. Make sure the grill is clean and fresh so no old meat pieces or grease will flavor the fruit. Dry the fruit pieces lightly with a paper towel and coat with butter or light oil and put them on the grill that has been preheated to medium. Grill until they are heated through and serve warm. To add a bit of extra sweetness, sprinkle a little brown sugar on the fruit after it has been turned once.

Sweet breakfast pizza is another idea that goes well with coffee. Start with pizza dough, homemade or store bought, and let it rise a bit at room temperature. Meanwhile, make sure the grill is clean and slightly oiled and then start it. Let it preheat for 10 minutes at high and then reduce it to medium. Spread butter on one side of the pizza round and put it on the grill buttered side down for 2 to 3 minutes on a gas grill and 4 to 6 minutes on a charcoal grill. Flip the pizza rounds over and put on the filling. For sweet breakfast pizza put butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, chopped walnuts and small apple pieces. Cover with the grill top and cook for 3 minutes.

If you have a griddle to put on your grill you can make more traditional breakfasts with fried eggs and ham, sausage and pancakes. Sausages can go directly on the grate while the pancakes, eggs and bacon are cooking on the griddle. Buttered bread, bagels and cut English muffins can be toasted by putting them directly on the grate or griddle. Make sure your griddle has ridges that let the grease flow away from the food. Also, be careful that the grease doesn’t fall on the flame and cause a flare-up.

Grilling breakfast outdoors, whether in the wilds or in your backyard, gives the feeling of a mini-holiday. During the hot summer months, grilling in the cool air of the morning gives everyone a better appetite.
Whether it is traditional bacon and eggs or mini apple turnovers with grilled nectarines, you will need to make a lot, because it is going to taste much better than if you cooked it in the kitchen.

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