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Monday, April 15, 2013

3 Courses with a Foreman Grill

I recently became reacquainted with my George Foreman grill. It's pretty handy, especially since grilling outdoors is nearly impossible in a 3rd floor apartment. Whether you're in a dorm or just feel like mixing things up, here are some different things you can do with a Foreman grill.

Cottage Fries
2 medium sized potatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat the grill. Wash potatoes and slice each potato into 8-10 round slices, not including the ends. I don't peel mine and I discard the small round ends, but you can peel if you want to. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Assemble in a single layer and cook for 30-45 minutes. You may need to turn them halfway through.

Mixed Grill w/ Onions
Okay, so hot dogs and ham is hardly a 'mixed grill'. You can use any meats you like. Toss some sliced onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper and throw them in next to your meat. The result is beautiful grilled onions that require almost no effort. 

Cinnamon Sticks (yes, from a Foreman grill!)
1 cup flour + more for kneading
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup warm water (90-105)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp melted butter
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp water

To make dough:
In a bowl, combine flour, salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon. In a separate container, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Allow yeast to proof. Add yeast mixture and oil to flour mixture. Combine until ingredients hold. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 7-10 minutes adding flour as needed. This dough WILL be sticky, just knead quickly. Place dough in a well oiled bowl and allow to rise covered in a warm place for 1 hour.
For more detailed breadmaking instructions, see Italian Bread.
Once dough has risen, punch it down. Let it rest for a few minutes while you preheat the grill. Once the grill is hot, spray it with cooking spray and add the dough:

When it's done, after about 5-7 minutes, it should look like this:
Remove the loaf from the grill and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top to coat. Cut the loaf into sticks. To make the icing, combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, and water in a bowl. Whisk with a fork until smooth.