I absolutely love using my grill for entertaining. My number one goal for parties is to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen once my guests arrive. Which makes cooking on the grill perfect for parties. Everyone gathers in the backyard playing ladder ball while the kids run around and jump on the trampoline. Who wants to be in the kitchen working when all the fun is outside?
Which is why for our end of summer party I wanted to create grill recipes from appetizers to dessert on the grill. Not a hard task until you get to the dessert. Even after my husband and I did a 30 day grilling challenge we never made dessert on the grill. But I was determined and I put a grilling spin on an old recipe that turned out great!
Grilling makes it easier to be with your guests during the party. Grilling with Reynolds Wrap makes party clean up a breeze! Instead of using grill pans and pots for side dishes, I used Reynolds Wrap to cook my food. After the cooking was done, all I had to do was crumple the aluminium foil up and throw it away. It couldn't be easier!
Especially when you consider my husband mans the grill so once I prep all the food my work is done!
Here’s some inspiration for what you can prepare for your next cookout, whether it’s a night for enjoying a classic burger or having a fun clam bake for your seafood-loving friends.
Jalapeno and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Honestly, you could make any type of stuffed mushroom. Instead of cooking them in the oven, wrap the mushrooms in a double layers of Reynolds Aluminum foil and cook them on the grill. It was easy and fuss free. Best of all, I had the mushrooms ready to go in the packets before anyone arrived.
Steak and Potato Packets
Potato packets are perfect for parties! All you have to do is place everything on a double layer of aluminum foil and fold it up like a pocket. Before everyone arrives you can prep all your ingredients. I had potatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and butter ready to go. My guests were able to go through the line and create their own potato packet. Some were plain and others were loaded but everyone was happy. And again, clean up was as easy as crumpling up the foil.
Grilled Apple Pie
Oh yes you read that correctly! I grilled my great grandma's famous (in my family at least) apple pie. Full disclosure I was very nervous about my dessert. In my head this was going to be great. But in practice I have never grilled a pie before so I had no clue how this was going to turn out. Would the crust burn? Apples not cook? Just be wrong?
There was only one way to find out.
It was amazing! The crust was flaky on the sides and had a great crispy crunch on the bottom without drying out. The apples were cooked perfectly! Bonus, there are less apples in a grilled pie which makes the crust to filling ratio better.
You need to cook your pie first so the filling has time to set. My pie cooled for 2 hours before we served it. Honestly it was probably ready after an hour but everyone was too full right after dinner. This pie is rustic in appearance which makes it perfect for a backyard grill party.
Grilled Apple Pie Recipe
1 cup sugar
3 T flour
2 t cinnamon
2 t nutmeg
dash of salt
juice of 2 lemon slices
2 T butter diced into cubes
2 pie crusts
8 small granny smith apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
1. In a large bowl mix the apples in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. It's best to mix the apples with your hands. Pour in lemon juice and mix. Set aside.
2. Unroll 2 large strips of foil about 16 inches long. Over lap the foil by 4 inches and spray with non-stick spray. Repeat
3. Place the crust in the middle of each aluminum foil pieces.
4. Pour half the apple mixture onto the middle of the crust. You want a 2-3 inch edge without apples.
My girls helped me with the pies
5. Fold the crust over to seal in the apples. Start with a two inch section folded over. Repeat with the next section of crust going clockwise until the whole pie is folded over.
6. Scatter the half the butter cubes over the top of the apples.
7. Fold the aluminum foil over the top of the crust edge, leave a little of the crust showing. Tear another large sheet of aluminum foil and wrap around the bottom of the pie. Repeat.
8. Grill over direct medium high heat for 10 minutes.
9. After 10 minutes, turn off the two center burners and grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes. Turn the pie occasionally to prevent burning.
10. Remove from grill and place on a cooling rack for at least an hour. Slice and serve
Do you have a favorite go to grill recipe? What is it?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.