Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno-Stuffed Olives

I’ve found the replacement for eating popcorn while watching a movie. No more of that. Grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed olives are much, much better. Yeah, there’s definitely a spicy kick to them. And a little smokiness from the bacon. A bit salty. Just give me a bowl of these little bites and a little cool ranch or blue cheese dressing (gotta cool off!) and I’m happy!
You don’t have to go the spicy route if you don’t want to. Any stuffed olives will work just fine for this recipe. Try Gouda-stuffed olives, they’re fantastic too! Just make sure you get big olives, big enough to wrap the bacon around. Those lil ole pimento-stuffed olives that are barely bigger than peanuts just won’t do.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno-Stuffed Olives
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 15 bites
 
Ingredients
  • 15 jalapeno-stuffed green olives
  • 5 slices thin bacon, cut into thirds
  • Your favorite rub or seasoning
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  2. Wrap each olive in a piece of bacon. I didn't need a toothpick to secure the bacon, but you might.
  3. Sprinkle your rub out on a plate and roll the bacon-wrapped olives in it to coat.
  4. Grill 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.
  5. Serve with cool ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Grilled Yellow Squash

Simple yet delicious. You don’t always have to struggle to come up with a grill-able side dish idea, and you definitely don’t have to spend hours or even many minutes putting one together. Grilled yellow squash actually made me love squash, and let me tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do. The key for me was the onions. And that means Vidallia onions when I can get them. Always.
I also like adding my favorite seasonings to the foil packet instead of ‘just’ salt and pepper. One we truly enjoy is the Casa Seasoning from Albukirky Seasonings. It’s the perfect blend of salt, pepper, garlic and lemon, among other things.

Grilled Yellow Squash
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 6 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking at 350 F. Alternatively, you can make this in an oven preheated to 350 instead.
  2. Place all ingredients on a large piece of aluminum foil. Seal tightly.
  3. Transfer to the grill or oven and cook 20-25 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Grilled Marinated Medley

We were both blown away by just how wonderfully tasty this grilled marinated medley was. It was the perfect dish for a nice (but kinda warm) spring day here in Indiana. And it couldn’t have been any easier. We just grilled a few vegetables and a little smoked sausage, tossed them all into a pan along with some broth and balsamic vinegar, and in no time we had a complete dinner. And yes, like us you’ll want to drink the juices out of the bottom of the pan. They’re divine.

There aren’t any rules to making this grilled marinated medley. Use whatever meat and vegetables you desire or can find fresh. I went with a no-thrills smoked sausage ring, sliced into rings, and then just grilled a few of our favorite vegetables. Zucchini would also be great in it, along with squash.

Grilled Marinated Medley
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 18 ounces smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 ears corn on the cob, husked
  • 1 large sweet onion, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  2. Grill the sausage then cut into rounds.
  3. Toss the potatoes with just a splash of oil and grill (I use a grill basket) until just starting to get soft. Remove.
  4. Also place the corn onto the grill. Rotating often, cook until starting to char.
  5. In a large deep disposable aluminum pan combine all ingredients.
  6. Place back onto the grill over indirect heat and let cook another 30 minutes-1 hour or until the potatoes are completely done and the onions are softened. You don't want the broth to boil, but a light simmer is ok.
  7. Serve hot with plenty of the broth from the bottom of the pan.

Asian Grilled Vegetables

I need more grilled sides like these Asian grilled vegetables. It’s a simple way to make flavor-packed vegetables with little fuss or mess. I use a vegetable grill basket and place it on my grill alongside whatever else I’m grilling, be it burgers, dogs, or whatever. In no time I have the perfect delicious side dish.I used bell pepper, onion and zucchini but really you can use any vegetables you can find as long as they all have the about the same cooking time. If you’re using something that needs longer to cook (like carrots) you might want to steam them a bit first or add them to the basket and let them cook by themselves for a while before adding the remaining ingredients.

Asian Grilled Vegetables
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into squares
  • 1 onion, quartered and separated
  • 3 zucchini, cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and toss to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes, stirring often,
  3. Transfer ingredients to a grill basket. If you don't have a grill basket tear off a large sheet of foil and add the mixture to the center of the piece. Fold up and seal tightly.
  4. Place onto grill and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften and get a little char on them. Stir and continue cooking until the vegetables are the desired doneness. I like mine to still have a bit of crunch.

Dilly Dilly Grilled Mushrooms

Here lately I’ve been bound and determined to up my grilled side dish game. It’s been lacking, I admit. Nothing could possibly be easier than these dilly dilly grilled mushrooms. And very few things could be as addictingly tasty. I love mushrooms to begin with, and I’ve always been a fan of dill. Now, I get all that plus buttery goodness and a bit of salty garlic flavors. I like the butter mixture so much that I usually double it, making sure that I get plenty of it down into the gills of the mushrooms as they cook over an open fire.
You could actually substitute your favorite herb or spice for the dill for something different. Red pepper flakes are an awesome change. Same goes for oregano, basil or, believe it or not, smoked paprika. You’ll never eat boring mushrooms again.

Dilly Dilly Grilled Mushrooms
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Note: I like to double the amount of dill weed and garlic salt.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, stems removed if desired
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed (dried is fine, but you'll want to use more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for medium-high cooking.
  2. Place mushrooms into a grill basket or thread onto skewers. (If using bamboo skewers, soak them for 30 minutes in water before using).
  3. Combine the butter, dill and garlic salt. Brush 1/3rd of the mixture over the mushrooms.
  4. Transfer to the grill and grill for 10-15 minutes or until just tender, rotating occasionally and brushing with the remaining dill mixture a few more times.

Grilled Tuscan Vegetables

You could’ve just knocked me over with a feather. I don’t usually find myself bragging about a vegetable side dish. Until now. All of the flavors of the vegetables came together perfectly. Smokey bacon, a little garlic and a combination of tastes and textures cooked in almost no time.
I’ve made grilled Tuscan vegetables a few times now and sometimes I leave off the Parmesan and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I add a pinch or two of red pepper flake for a little kick and sometimes I don’t. And if I don’t have spinach leaves? Or zucchini? That’s ok. You can substitute just about any vegetable you have on hand, but I always include the artichoke hearts. Always.

Grilled Tuscan Vegetables
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, chopped roughly
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 slices bacon trimmed of excess fat and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill for direct cooking over medium heat.
  2. Note: You can make these veggies in a grill basket or in foil packets.
  3. Combine all ingredients except for the cheese.
  4. Divide between large pieces of foil and seal tightly or transfer to a large grill basket.
  5. Place over the fire and grill for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are the desired tenderness, tossing or shaking occasionally.
  6. Remove from grill. If using packets, open them carefully as they will be full of steam.
  7. Serve garnished with the Parmesan cheese.

Grilled Potatoes with Mustard-Garlic Dressing

There aren’t a lot of grilled sides that I prefer just as much as the grilled main dish at a meal. The mustard-garlic dressing on these grilled potatoes really hit a tone for me. Tender, buttery potatoes contrasted with tangy mustard and vinegar. I found the combination to be perfect, and easy to make to boot.
Anita and I recently ran across The Mustard Man at an event at the Jungle Jim’s market in Fairfield, OH. After sampling each of the mustards I instantly picked up a bottle of each one. They are truly fantastic. Instead of whole grain mustard, I used The Mustard Man’s Simply Peppered mustard in the dressing for these grilled potatoes. The light peppery flavor brought a nice little bite.

Grilled Potatoes with Mustard-Garlic Dressing
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds new potatoes, all about the same size
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water until just tender. Alternatively, steam the potatoes using a steamer. Drain and let cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard and garlic. While still whisking, add the oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Fire up your grill for medium-high cooking.
  4. Toss the potatoes with a little oil. Season with salt and pepper and add to a grill basket. Note: I put the grill basket over a sheet pan so that any excess oil drips off.
  5. Place the basket onto the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring gently, or until the potatoes are done and have a light char.
  6. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to coat.
  7. Serve garnished with the chopped parsley.

Grilled Cornbread with Jalapeno Honey Butter

Boy, where have I been that I haven’t grilled cornbread until now? Grilling adds a nice lightly smoky flavor, but more importantly it adds a terrific crunch. Add in spicy and sweet jalapeno honey butter and you have some fantastic tasting cornbread. I’m not sure I’ll ever eat ‘normal’ cornbread again.
I started with a big pan of already-baked thick (I used two packages of Jiffy) cornbread. You can also make muffins. You do have to be careful handling the cornbread on the grill since it will want to fall apart on you. The moister and thicker your cornbread is, the less problems you’ll have.

You can make extra of the jalapeno honey butter and keep it on hand for more than just cornbread (I recommend it on biscuits!). It’s delicious and not overwhelmingly hot.

Did you know you can also grill macaroni and cheese? It’s crazy good too!

Grilled Cornbread with Jalapeno Honey Butter
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 batch your favorite cornbread (I use Jiffy)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 (4 ounce) can fire-roasted jalapenos (you can substitute a finely-minced fresh jalapeno (roast it first for even more flavor) that has been seeded)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Cook the cornbread per package instructions. You can use squares or muffins.
  2. Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  3. Melt the butter and stir in the jalapenos and honey.
  4. Brush cornbread liberally on all sides with the butter mixture.
  5. Place onto the grill over direct heat for 3 minutes until grill marks start to appear.
  6. Carefully flip and grill on the other side.for 3 more minutes.
  7. Serve hot with any remaining butter.