As autumn approaches, and things cool down, and summer grilling becomes a fond if distant memory, the question arises: “Do I put away my grill, or do I keep cooking?” And since we live in a beautiful place that just never gets too cold, why not keep it up? But instead of continuing to repeat the recipes of summer, why not turn a page in the cookbook to autumn, and switch things up with seasonal socializing and produce?
The big game is on. Everybody’s coming to your place? Why not grill up a batch of chicken wings? Use your favorite marinade, or just grill and sauce them as you normally would. It’s not exactly the fall harvest, but more of a game-day treat for your football frends.
If you’re ambitious, why not grill the Thanksgiving turkey? Or, if you’re like us, and you believe practice makes perfect, why not do an October test run on the fabled bird? We just noticed that the turkeys are showing up in our local supermarket en masse. Not surprisingly, Butterball offers some useful turkey grilling tips. And if you’re feeling adventurous, Alton Brown’s brined turkey recipes have worked out well for some of us. If you decide to tackle a turkey brine, it can be rewarding. Here’s one of Mr. Brown’s more popular grilled turkey recipes.
Another traditional autumn vegetable, butternut squash stands up well to the grill. You can grill slices brushed with olive oil and salted. Or, try cutting the squash into cubes and grilling them on skewers (also brushed with oil and salted, of course).
This is a dish that pops up in various chefs’ autumn grilling repertoires. Cooking a pot of chili on a smoky grill imparts a richness and depth that’s not obtainable indoors. Especially if you have a group coming over to watch the game, a smoky grilled chili could be just the thing to surprise their taste buds.
The fall harvest brings with it a lot of leeks. Split ‘em, grill ‘em with olive oil and salt, and dig in. A tasty side dish for whatever grilled meat you’ve got going on.
With lots of apples available in autumn, why not turn to the grill? Brush them with a little oil for a tasty and surprising side dish. Or, if you want to serve them for dessert, try brushing them with a little brown sugar, bourbon and butter.
LOOKING FOR AN AUTUMN GRILL?
If summer wore out your trusty workhorse, Friedmans Home Experience still has all kinds of grills in stock. Come on by the Long Beach showroom and check ’em out. they’ll send your heart all aflutter.