Balsamic Vegetable Skewers
Balsamic vinaigrette adds a tanginess to fresh vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.
Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers
Squeaky halloumi cheese becomes slightly melty with a crisp golden crust when thrown on the grill next to Greek-style marinated vegetables.
Grilled Corn with Garlic and Ginger Soy-Butter
We add a little bite to a common Japanese street snack of grilled corn with soy-butter by adding snappy garlic and ginger.
Grilled Mexican street-style corn is the best way to get a taste of summer; smothered in creamy sauce and cheese, it turns out sweet, salty, savory, creamy, nutty, and—with the help of a squeeze of lime—tart.
Grilled Pimientos de Padrón
Slightly fruity, fresh, and salty, grill-charred pimiento peppers make a perfect accompaniment to almost anything. Bonus: they’re pretty mild, but every once in awhile there’s a hot pepper in the batch, so you get to play Russian Roulette with your food.
Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber
A quick and fresh appetizer or side dish, these grilled eggplant rolls get some Greek love thanks to an herbed-packed blend of yogurt and feta. Diced fresh tomatoes and cucumbers add a little contrasting crunch to the creamy filling.
Simple Grilled Kefalotyri Cheese
Greek kefalotyri cheese browns and maintains its shape on the grill, and it's so flavorful it needs little more than lemon juice and black pepper to make it great.
Stuffed Grilled Apricots With Goat Cheese, Pistachios, and Balsamic
Firm apricots are the perfect fruit for grilling, becoming tender and sweet after a few minutes above the hot coals. Paired with goat cheese and pistachios, they make a quick and delicious appetizer that's perfect for summer.
Grilled Trevisano or Radicchio With Gorgonzola, Olive Oil, and Saba
Radicchio or trevisano, both hearty bitter lettuces, become remarkably sweet and succulent when charred over a live fire. Served with a drizzle of good olive oil and saba—a sweet wine-based condiment—along with a sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, it's the best vegetable you've never grilled.
Barbecue Sweet Potato Chips
You could crack open a bag of BBQ Lay’s for your guests to grab by the handful, but I promise more handfuls will be grabbed if you make these instead. Slice them thin to decrease fry time and increase crispness.
Corn, Avocado, and Radish Tartine
If your grill’s already on, grill the bread for this simple summer tartine instead of broiling it (and the corn too, for that matter!).
Tomato, Alli-oli, and Chive Tartine
If you, like one lucky friend of mine, have more ripe garden tomatoes than you know what to do with, you should throw a party, pile them high on grilled bread with a swipe of garlic alli-oli and a sprinkle of chives, and watch them disappear.
Potato-Chorizo Sopes With Avocado Crema
Sopes, thin, shallow shells of corn dough fried until crisp on the outside and tender within, are filled with chorizo and potatoes and drizzled with smooth avocado crema. Think potato skins, but even crispier and more delicious.
The Best Barbecue Beans
These beans are the real deal: dried beans soaked in salt water and gently cooked in homemade barbecue sauce (bacon included) for hours on end produce the creamiest, most complexly flavored barbecue beans you’ll ever have.
Quick Barbecue Beans
…That being said, if you don’t have the time for a day-long bean recipe, using canned beans with a sauce built from scratch delivers a lot of flavor without a lot of time. Use a variety of beans for a pleasing mix of textures.
Baked Stuffed Tomatoes With Feta and Roasted Peppers
This super-simple riff on Greek tyrokafteri—a salty, spicy dip of roasted peppers and feta—is packed with bold, fresh flavors. The dip is usually puréed, but here the ingredients are chopped to preserve their individual textures, packed into hollowed-out tomatoes, and baked.
Great Deviled Eggs
Inspired by the deviled eggs served at the Spotted Pig in New York, these eggs are punchy and light, just like a bar snack should be.
Deviled Eggs With Shrimp, Jalapeño, and Radish
Crisp and tender poached shrimp salad seasoned with a touch of mayonnaise, jalapeño, and radish go perfectly with lemon-spiked deviled eggs.