When I moved to college my mom gave me the one kitchen appliance she was certain I couldn’t live without. A George Foreman grill. At the time I wasn’t impressed, shoved it into the back of my car and was sure I’d never use it. But I was very wrong. Once I started craving something other than pasta and ramen, the versatile Lean Fat Grilling machine became my cooking weapon of choice. To this day, I still get my grill on and here are my five favorite (and embarrassingly simple) things to prepare:
Vegetables: Cut up some of your favorite roasting veggies, brush them with olive oil plus a little lemon juice, fresh herbs, salt and pepper; grill for 1-3 minutes, or until grill marks are visible.
Patty Melt: Pat out a burger patty with seasoned ground beef or ground turkey and grill for a few minutes on each side. While grill is still hot, add thick slices of cut onion and cook until slightly caramelized. Serve patty open-faced on toasted bread with condiments of choice, the onions and a slice of Provolone, Cheddar or smoked gouda.
Naan or Flatbread Pizza: Spoon pizza or pesto sauce over naan or flatbread; top with cheese and other topping of choice. Pop the pizza on the grill—leave it open—and cook until cheese melts.
Hot Dogs: Try grilling beer-marinated brats or ‘dawgs for an easy pub-grub dinner.
Panini: Use your grill to make a man-sized panini with good bread and fillings of choice—a great use for leftover chicken, pork roast, pot roast or roasted veggies.