If you have yet to fire up your grill, this week may be the time to do so. Skip the burgers and brats and try salmon and bananas. Really! (File image)
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You may not think of bananas and lemons when considering what to throw on the grill. But, why not? This week, Cooking With Caitlin has two recipes to help you get into grilling with a tropical twist.
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Christen your grill for this season of sunshine with the pair of colorful recipes here. Tap into their brilliance – and ease – any day of the week. Or, use them as a surefire way to impress guests over the weekend. Grilled salmon for supper and melty, honey-kissed bananas for dessert make for a pair of stunning presentations.
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Skewers
Assemble the stacks up to 12 hours in advance and refrigerate until service. Wait to baste with marinade until right before you are ready to grill. Enjoy the skewers just as they are, or turn them into a complete meal with some fluffy rice, a mound of super fresh greens, or a simple bowl of pasta.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Yields: 4 Skewers
Tips + Tricks: Soak the skewers in water before threading them and wrap the exposed ends in foil so they do not burn on the grill.
Grilled Bananas with Peanut Butter & Honey Whipped Cream
Whip together the sweet and nutty cream up to a day in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. Wait to slice the bananas, however, until just before you’re going to throw them on the grill so they don’t have any time to brown with oxidation.
Dollop the whipped cream onto the hot bananas and watch it melt into the grill marks. Offer an assortment of crunchy toppings to perfectly crown this clever treat; chopped roasted nuts, Nilla wafers, graham crackers, and saltines are all delicious options.
First, the topping:
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes Yields: 2 Cups
Now, go bananas!
Your ingredients are simply four bananas and some vegetable oil
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 5 Minutes Yields: 8 Portions
(Photos by Cara Hummel Photography)