Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? And if you answered that a grill is simply used to cook food outside you’d be right. But I prefer to go a little further and suggest that any food you cook inside, you can cook outside. A grill is really just an oven and a stove that’s outside – simple. Not sure why more people don’t use them that way, but they don’t. And the other thing about cooking on the grill is the social aspect – it just draws people in like moths to a flame. Make those human moths to the grill flame.
But where a grill really shines is when you make something not normally cooked outside…and the possibilities there are endless. Pizzas grilled is fantastic. Meatballs on the grill - absolutely. Sandwiches - you betcha! Even French toast can work out there.
The key is to just get out there and use it for almost anything. I received an email from a viewer a couple years ago with a picture of his beautiful indoor kitchen that apparently he never used. Everything, the man said was done outside. And for him, it wasn’t an issue of creating too much heat in the kitchen or making a mess. He just loved the way everything tasted.
But the only way to truly know what works and what doesn’t, is to get out there and cook. And I want to encourage you to get out there with a simple appetizer: grilled cheese, literally. You’d seldom think to grill cheese because it would just melt all over, but Halloumi is a super hearty Greek cheese that’s just perfect for grilling. And served alongside some grilled tomatoes it’s even better.
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomatoes RECIPE
- 8 ounce block Halloumi cheese
- 6 roma tomatoes, halved
- Extra virgin live oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Fresh ground pepper
- Baguette, grilled for serving
- Heat grill to medium
- Slice cheese in half to make 2 half inch thick pieces
- Brush both sides of each cheese and grill until well marked on all sides
- When you flip the cheese, oil tomatoes and add to grill cut side down
- Cook tomatoes until softened and marked – remove to serving plate with cheese
- Sprinkle cheese & tomatoes with oregano, drizzle with a little extra oil and serve with bread