Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Light & Fresh - Grilled Romaine!

 
Lately we have been grilling and cooking fresh meals, almost nothing goes in the oven throughout the entire summer.

Now just because it's after Labor Day doesn't mean it's time to put the grill away!
 
My all time favorite item to grill is romaine lettuce, yes you heard me, grilled romaine! Plus you can put toppings on it, or basically eat it plain!

I swear our family could live on grilled romaine alone! Sometimes I wonder what my produce guys think I'm doing with it since I buy so much!

Basic steps...

 

thoroughly wash & dry your romaine.

Carefully open a head of romaine and then with a sharp knife cut and separate... right down the middle, leaving the core on otherwise the lettuce will fall apart.





Put a bit of grilling type olive oil on the romaine halves.

Season if you like - I use fresh oregano, ground pepper, and sliced garlic.

If you have a bit of time prior to grilling, place in a large Ziploc bag and let it rest in the refrigerator.

Place on the grill, carefully, as you don't want the oil to flare up and burn the romaine - it will burn & crisp.
                  

Flip it over with tongs and grill the other side until it is done.


And you want the lettuce to grill, and almost look wilted...

 I flipped the above just a bit soon,
but flipped it back
so the end looked like this...   



You can add grated cheese, fresh bacon bits, the choice is up to you.

My gluten free teen loves this!!!!!!!!

 First time she stuck her nose up, but she tried it and it is an all time favorite of hers.

She loves to put a little bit of ranch dressing on it and goes to town.

 In fact, I make extra so she can carry it in her lunch the next day.


Some pictures of grilling the entire meal...


Of course grilled lettuce,

grilled baked sweet potatoes,

grilled ribeye...

and saute' oyster mushrooms on the grill!




Grilled romaine with dabs of real mozzarella cheese - that melts in blobs... ahhhh yum!

..... grilled vidalia onions,

grilled pork loin,

and grilled baked potato




Happy Grilling!

no gluten here
 

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