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How to grill all Fall

The pools are closed, the leaves are turning and the days are becoming shorter. That means heartier meals sitting around the fire pit and pulling out the hoodies where I am from. This also means almost everything cooked in my household is done almost 100% on a grill with friends and family taking advantage of the last days we can spend outside before winter. As they bring the fields in and we bring our garden in we tend to spend more time around one another during fall. It could be the crisp night air or the frost in the mornings but it just feels more of a social season to me.

With the fire pits firing up to extended the seasons and our outdoor lifestyles, the question to ask is how can we spend more time outdoors? Me, personally I grill during all seasons but fall is sometimes harder to find a way to grill those heavier meals that seem to just fit with the season. I am going to go over a few tips to grilling year round then throw out a not so traditional recipe and a more traditional recipe if you would like to try your hand at year round grilling.

Tips

Grilling all year can be a challenge without the correct equipment if you are trying to make mashed potatoes, stews, etc. They are not traditionally thought of as grill-able foods, but where I am from we grilled year round and we grilled everything. There are ways to keep grilling and smoking food all year round and there are some products to help you from companies like The Big Green Egg, Weber and Primo.

The one thing these companies know is that to grill outdoors all year round you need to have good cast iron cookware. By investing in these products you will have cookware that if properly cared for can be used on a grill, directly in a fire or even on your stove or oven. Yes they can be heavy and pricey but the versatility more than makes up for it and it gives you the ability to grill or smoke food all year long.

Recipes

Cottage Pie (Shepherds Pie without Lamb) - Serves 4

What you will need
  • ​1 LB. Ground Beef 
  • 1 Onion, Diced 
  • 1 1/2 cup Diced Carrots 
  • 1 1/2 cup Diced Celery (optional) 
  • 1 cup Peas Flower Beef Broth 
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 3-4 Cups Homemade Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated 
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely minced ​
  1. Remember to make your mashed potatoes first. However you like them will work. I personally make them very buttery with garlic and sour cream. In a cast iron skillet cook the Ground Beef to brown breaking it up as you do. Drain the grease but leave a little in the pan for the gravy. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, carrots, onion, celery and saute until the veggies soften up a little. 
  2. Sprinkle in flour and stir to make your gravy (same as you would sausage gravy). While you are stirring the flower in let this cook for 1-2 min. depending on heat. Add the broth and stir to make the gravy the thickness you want. I personally like it thicker for leftovers but this is up to you. Let this simmer for about a minute to make sure the flavors have merged. Add your Salt and pepper to taste and stir in the peas. 
  3. Pour into a 9" or 10" dutch oven or a 1 1/2 inch quart casserole dish. Spread the mashed potatoes on top with a fork, if it is not perfectly flat on top that is fine. Sprinkle with Parmesan and place it back on the grill at around 350 for 20 min.

    This is a fast quick easy recipe and it holds very well in the fridge for leftovers or lunches. Throw some asparagus or corn as a side and have a quick amazing meal.

Steak, Mushrooms and potatoes - Serves 4

On this recipe there is a bit of timing. You need to get the potatoes on before anything else, then the mushrooms and then the steak. The ingredients are written in this order.

Potatoes
What you will need

  • ​4 medium potatoes
  • 4 slices of butter
  • Black pepper
  • Seasoning salt
  • 1/2 Diced onion
  1. ​Slice a V shape in the potatoes and add in the butter and black pepper, seasoning salt and some diced onions. Wrap it in aluminum foil and place them on the grill. Cooking time on this will be adjusted to the size of the potatoes but at 350 they should be done in around 50 min.

Mushrooms
What you will need

  • ​1 LB. of Button Mushrooms cut in half or whole is fine
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce or add more at the end to taste
  • 1 TBSP Ground Pepper or add more at the end to taste
  1. ​Wrap all ingredients aluminum foil, squeeze it into a ball and put it on the grill for around 10-12 min. Its that easy.

Steak

It's red meat, rub it down with a little oil cracked sea salt and pepper and throw it on the grill. Remember with steaks you want high heat and the grill preheated to give the outside of the steak a char. The oil will help with this as well. Cook to your style. 

Remember fall is all about crisp nights and mornings and moderate temperature days. Fall is also the last time to spend as much time as possible outside before the winter hits. Get out there and live every moment you can outdoors, even if that means coming up with creative ways to cook your food outside.

Lets get out and live the outdoor lifestyle.

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