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6 Surprising Things You Can Grill

5. Cake
Cake? Cake! Angel food cake, pound cake, and any other firm cake loves a little trip to the grill for some toasting and caramelized edges. Loaf cakes, like banana bread or cornbread work well too. Brush with butter and toast over medium heat until golden with grill marks–serve with grilled fruit. Add Greek yogurt, ice cream, or creme fraiche too.

Vegan Banana Bread and Other Sweet Breads

6. Avocados
I thought grilled avocados sounded kind of strange–counterintuitive–but I thought deep-fried avocados sounded strange too, until I tried them. Grilling slices of avocado gives the creamy fruit a lovely smoky edge that lends depth to whatever they are added to. Brush them with oil and cook over medium heat–use grilled avocados in guacamole, salads, sandwiches, or alongside whatever else you are grilling.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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6:29AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013


5:50AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Will people really do these?

5:51PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Will try grilling an avacado, bot a few small ones, maybe add them to a salad

5:50PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Love the pineapple! I grill it weekly and it's just so yummy! Thanks

5:20PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

ive tried everything but the cake&salad I love grilling any&everything I can think of. thanks for the new tips!

7:04AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

This reminds me of my friend who once said she felt like grilling her nasty sister.

7:26PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012


11:34AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Back in Mexico, we had to quit barbecuing...the beans kept falling between the grates.

4:48AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:23PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Love some of these ideas. Thanks.

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