Winter. For many it is a time for hot fires, steamy drinks and rich, succulent foods that warm us both inside and out. But for the barbecue hot shot, it is a sad season where your skills at the grill take a back seat until spring once again encourages us outdoors.
But this needn’t be the case. Many barbecue grills are designed not just for steaks, chops and seafood, but other dishes such as that great winter staple – the casserole or stew. It’s just a matter of having the right grill and accessories. A visit to a barbecue specialist website such as Bunnings or Barbeques Galore will give you an idea of what you need to cook up an outdoor winter storm. In the meantime look up the recipes for these five grilled winter meal ideas to whet your appetite.
Grilled Breakfast Casserole
Why not start with breakfast on the grill. This nourishing casserole is just the thing to get your chilly winter’s day off to a great start. Packed with hash browns or tater tots, eggs, sausage and/or bacon, onion, capsicum or bell peppers, mushrooms, milk and cheese, this slightly spicy casserole has all the ingredients needed for a breakfast of champions. Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients into a foil barbecue dish, all you need do is place it on the grill and wait a short 30 minutes for the best winter barbecue breakfast ever.
Grilled Potato Casserole
Here is a quick and easy dish that can be used as a potatoes side dish or a casserole main by adding the meat of your choice. It takes only 45 minutes to cook from preparation to consumption and is chock-full of natural goodness, including potatoes, onions, capsicum or bell peppers, celery and paprika.
Grilled Taco Casserole with Chicken and Potatoes
Also known as Quesadilla Casserole, it requires cooking the chicken and potatoes in a barbecue safe dish in the style of a potato bake with tomatoes and salsa instead of cream or milk. Lay baked taco shells or tortilla strips sprinkled with cheese on top for a crunchy finish. Other ingredients could include capsicum or bell peppers, corn, beans and mushrooms.
Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach
Okay, this one might be a little more complicated for the average backyard griller, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know. The cooking of the pork is easy enough; either grill it directly or broil it first for a little extra juicy flavor. But the real punch is that you first stuff the pork chops with a mixture of spinach, tomatoes, peppers and garlic. A little bit fiddly for the amateur cook, but well worth the effort.
Chilli-Rubbed Grilled Vegetable Kebabs
Finally, there is no reason why the vegetarians need to miss out this winter. These little barbecue kebabs will be a winner with both meat lovers and meat avoiders alike. Just about any vegetable can be used but the most common are corn, onions, capsicum, zucchini, squash and mushrooms. What makes them special is a quick rub with chilli juice before putting them on the skewer. How much chilli you use depends entirely on how much heat you can handle.
Pizzas are so quick and easy to make in a bbq. We bought a pizza stone from Bunnings to put in our Webber bbq but you can also buy a pizza box to fit into any other brand of bbqs. Just make, or buy, your pizza bases. Top with your desired toppings and cook in the bbq for ten minutes. Easy!
Who doesn’t love loaded baked potatoes over winter. Yum!
Wash and pierce the potatoes using a fork. Toss in olive oil and salt. Individually wrap each potato in aluminium foil, and place on the grill for 40-45 minutes, rotating every 15 minutes. Top with desired toppings, such as sour cream, bacon pieces and/or cheese.
So you see, there is no need to put the barbecue away when it gets cold and succumb to the winter blues. These are just five of many winter grilling recipes to keep you and your family happy until summer returns.