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7 Foods You Probably Haven't Thought About Grilling (but Should!)

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This summer, go beyond burgers and hot dogs on the grill. Step it up from steaks, seafood, and kabobs. Grilled pizza and fruit-filled desserts are a delicious step in the right direction, but let that be just the beginning. There's a lot more you can cook on your grill that you probably haven't thought about yet.

From breakfast through dinner and dessert, even happy hour, this summer is the time to really make the most of your grill.

7 Foods to Consider Grilling This Summer

1. French Toast

Thats right, this classic breakfast food can also be made on the grill. Just be sure the grates are clean from last night's dinner, first. Keep the bread whole or cut it into large chunks and place on skewers, then soak in the custard mixture and place atop the grill and cook until lightly charred. Thick-cut bread — like a country loaf, challah, or brioche — works well.

2. Bacon

We've talked about cooking bacon on the stovetop, in the oven, and in the microwave, so why leave out the grill? Because, yes, you can also cook bacon on the grill. Thick-cut bacon works best, and thinner slices benefit from being placed on a skewer.

3. Sliced Cake

The only thing better than a slice of cake for dessert is a slice of cake straight off the grill. Sturdy cakes, like pound cake and angel food cake, work best. You can also go the extra step of brushing the cake with butter, although you don't have to. Along with a subtle smoky aroma, the high heat makes the sugars in the cake caramelize for a deep, delicious flavor. Top your cake with fresh fruit, ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.

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4. Cocktail Garnishes

From citrus — like lemons and limes — to fresh fruit and herbs, throwing your cocktail garnishes on the grill for a few minutes caramelizes the natural sugars, brings out the floral scent in the herbs, and adds a smoky charred aroma for a deeper-tasting cocktail.

Get a recipe: Grilled Pineapple Mojito

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5. Avocados

Because, why not? Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and place flesh-side down on the grill for about five minutes. Use grilled avocado in tacos, salads, sandwiches, and burgers; make a smoky guacamole; or just dive in and eat it as is.

6. Ice Cream

Think of it as a backyard version of baked Alaska. It seems a little tricky, but if you can pull it off, you'll have quite the reward. You'll first need to set the ice cream on a base, like a slice of pound cake or thick pie crust. Then, as with baked Alaska, cover the ice cream with a meringue coating, and place on the grill for a few minutes, just until the meringue browns.

7. Cheese

Not a grilled cheese sandwich (although that does work, too!) — I'm talking about a thick slice of cheese placed straight on the grill. Of course, this won't work with all types of cheese. Stick with hard cheeses, like halloumi and provolone.

Have you tried grilling any of these foods? What's the most unexpected food you've cooked on the grill?