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Old 06-01-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Something for the grill/Grilled Romaine Lettuce

A while back on the grilling/smoking forums, grilled romaine was popping up as something else to grill. It might have even been mentioned here and met with some skepticism, as who tosses lettuce on a grill?
Well, I do now
The slightly wilted lettuce, coupled with some nice grill marks and grill flavor is good a number of ways; with fresh parm grated on top, chopped up and used in a traditional salad, or sometimes I sauté some onions, garlic and carrots in EVOO and hit it with a little balsamic vinegar for a nice warm salad. A few leaves tossed on the grill also make a nice addition to a BLT.

Cut the romaine in half lengthwise, brush with EVOO if you like (mine always has minced garlic and other seasonings in it), then toss it on the grill for a few minutes. If it's over a flame, you will have flare ups with the oil, but that's a good thing.
Try it, you might like it.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yummy pictures, Pac. Too bad I can't grill. *sigh*
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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Thanks, Z.
That's too bad about the grill. And I'm pretty sure you couldn't replicate this with a grill pan... not without the smoke alarms going off, lol.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:26 AM   #4
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How about under the broiler?
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:37 AM   #5
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How about under the broiler?
I don't know. I never use the broiler because mine (now) is at floor level.
Obviously, everyone's tastes are different, but I think the idea is to get a quick sear on the outside, and I'm not sure if a broiler would do that without cooking it through. I'm just not that familiar with using broilers. It might be worth a try.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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...It might be worth a try.
Especially if you don't have a grill...
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I would think the broiler would be a great experiment and I can't see why it wouldn't give you something similar. I do think it might be a bit harder to keep an eye on things. It doesn't take long to get the lettuce grilled.
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Very nice! Yeah, I remember several old discussions about grilling lettuce, here and elsewhere. I've never done it but gonna definitely give it a shot next time.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:24 PM   #9
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Very nice! Yeah, I remember several old discussions about grilling lettuce, here and elsewhere. I've never done it but gonna definitely give it a shot next time.
I thought all you folks from CA ate was lettuce... and mangos
Thanks. I'm surprised you haven't played around with this one yet.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:36 PM   #10
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Ooooo... grilled mangoes.... hmmm....
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I've seen Bobby Flay grill just about everything. All kinds of fruit, including peaches and pineapples. (OK, not grapes).
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I've grilled pineapple. It wasn't bad, but I'm not a fan of warm fruit. I don't even like my pies warmed.
I'm looking forward to a couple months from now, when the fruit stand down the road is open for when I get a taste for grilled veggies.
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I had grilled letuce at a place in Vegas a few years ago. It was good, I just never think of it when I am grilling.
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I had grilled letuce at a place in Vegas a few years ago. It was good, I just never think of it when I am grilling.

You mean to tell me once the coals are hot you don't go looking for anything and everything to grill? We might have to take away yer starter chimney.
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try grilled pineapple (or mango, or peaches) brushed with a melted butter / dark rum mixture while grilling, served with vanilla ice cream and whatever berries are fresh...my favorite summer dessert
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