I found this guest post that I had saved that I posted on my blog when it was under Frugal Families Live Green. I thought this would be the perfect time of year to re-share this post. The authors, Susanne Myers & Tracy Roberts, were the guest posters for this article. At the time they were writers at HomemakersHutch. That site is still running with previous articles, but I do not believe they are writing anything new. But, you can check them out at Piggy Makes Bank! You can check out Susanne’s website, The Hillbilly Housewife as well.
The summer months bring with them the urge to get outside after a cold winter and unpredictable spring weather (Unless you live in Florida where it’s mostly warm all the time like Tracy does;-)) and breaking out the grill in the later hours of the day (thank you daylight savings time). It also means you can 1) keep the house cooler, 2) enjoy a cool breeze & the sounds of nature and 3) a wonderfully delicious meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Here are 3 recipes our families love and we hope that yours will, too.
Grilled Pita Pizzas
- 4 (8 inch) pitas
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
- 1 small can sliced black olives
- 1 1/3 cups salsa
Preheat a grill to medium heat. Place pitas on grilling pan lined with aluminum foil and brush top side of each pita with oil, then flip and brush other side.
On top of each pita, divide up the cheese, olives, and salsa.
Place grilling pan on the grill, close the grill cover, and grill pizzas until cheese melts and the crust begins to brown and get crisp, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve.
You can poke holes through the aluminum foil to get more grill marks on the pitas, or eliminate the foil entirely if you have a good grill pan with very small holes so the cheese doesn’t just drip through too much.
Makes 4 personal size pizzas.
Note: Replace the salsa with tomato sauce, the olives with pepperoni slices and the monterrey jack with mozzarella cheese for a more traditional pizza. Mix and match toppings to each family members taste.
Barbecue In A Bag
- 1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce
- 1 lb. pork stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 fresh ears of corn, cut in half
- 4 to 6 new red potatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 cup frozen or fresh cut green beans
- 2 Tbsp butter
- salt and pepper to taste
Set your grill to medium-high heat and preheat.
Lay out 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil.
In a bowl, toss together the pork with the barbecue sauce.
Put 1/4 meat mixture on each of the 4 foil packets.
Top the meat with the corn, potatoes, and green beans, then divide the butter into 4 equal parts and top each packet with a pad of butter.
Fold the foil packets up, leaving a little air space at the top, then seal securely.
Place on grill on indirect heat, cover grill, then cook for 30 to 40 minutes, spinning packets at least once during this time.
Remove and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes before opening.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into thin slices lengthwise.
Place potatoes in a bowl and pour oil in and rub all over so all pieces are well coated.
Oil the grill grate and preheat grill to medium-low. Arrange the potatoes on the grates in the center of the grill, away from direct flame.
Cover grill and cook sweet potatoes until good grill marks appear, then flip and continue cooking; total time about 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness of potatoes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
When sweet potatoes are tender all the way through, remove to the bowl with maple syrup mixture and toss to coat well.
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