Fall-inspired dishes to prepare on your BBQ island
There's a lot to love about fall, from the beautiful foliage to the crisp autumn air. Of course, you can't forget about all the fresh-picked apples, pumpkin pie and caramel-dipped everything that are so abundant this time of year. If you're looking for a way to mix all things delicious with the great outdoors, consider firing up the BBQ island during the upcoming months with these yummy fall recipes:
Butternut squash skewers
A popular fall vegetable, butternut squash offers the perfect combination of sweet and savory that homeowners can enjoy all season long. For a unique side dish, consider these butternut squash skewers from Fine Cooking. First, peel and seed the vegetable, and cut it into one-inch squares. Toss the pieces in boiling water for about 10 minutes, topping them with olive oil, salt and pepper once cooled. Put the chunks on a skewer, and grill until they reach that perfect autumn brown color.
Here's a first: Have you ever had grilled apples? They are the perfect addition to a plate of fresh greens. To make this first-course dish from My Recipes, slice an apple to make one-fourth-inch thick rings. Throw them on a grill grate coated with cooking spray, and toast each side for two to three minutes. Add the apples atop a salad mixed with toasted pecans, cheddar cheese and brown sugar-cider vinaigrette. This is a great fall recipe following an afternoon of apple picking with the family!
Salad isn't the only way to enjoy grilled applies. This apple and jalapeno salsa recipe from The Washington Post is great to enjoy in fall alongside a grilled pork chop (another seasonal favorite). Core an apple and cut it in half, and grill it open-side down with jalapenos. After grilling each side of the produce for three minutes, seed the jalapeno and chop it up. Cut the apple into chunks, and add the jalapeno and fruit into a bowl with red onions, lime juice and cilantro. Top with salt and serve or store until the next day.
If you're a happy member of the pumpkin flavor bandwagon, you'll love this grilled pumpkin with rosemary and sea salt recipe featured on Food. Wash a small sugar pumpkin, and cut it into slices about three-fourth inch thick. Coat the pieces in olive oil and sprinkle them with rosemary and sea salt. Throw the pumpkin slices on the grill and cook them until they're tender.
It's officially pie season, which means your refrigerator will soon be stocked with apple, pumpkin and blueberry varieties. For a unique and easy way to cook these desserts, throw them on the grill. According to the Kitchn, you just have to use a grill thermometer to ensure you bake them at the right temperature.
Don't limit all the deliciousness your BBQ island has to offer just to the summer months. Grilling in the fall not only gives you tasty dinners and desserts, but cooking outdoors is much more enjoyable amid the autumn breeze.