Use Your Grill for Much More Than Meat

There's nothing like a good steak off the grill, but your versatile grill can cook up so much more. Vegetables, fruit, even pizza -- all of these can be prepared on either a charcoal or gas grill.

Grilling vegetables such as zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and peppers can be done several ways: Coat with a little oil, toss onto a hot grill, turn a couple times, season to your taste and cook until tender; place them on a kebab skewer and grill until tender; place a skillet or pan on the grill and saute in butter or olive oil; or, for vegetables too small to place directly on the grill surface, slice them uniformly so they cook evenly, wrap them in foil with a bit of butter or olive oil and seasoning and place on the grill.

Fruits cooked on the grill may surprise you with their delicious taste.

Cut apples, pears and similar fruits in half and seed and core them. Slice them if you prefer smaller pieces. Leave the peels on, because it helps them keep their shape.

Place the fruit in a bowl and add just enough cold water to cover it, along with 1 tsp. of lemon juice to keep the fruit from discoloring, and let it soak for 30 minutes. This hydrates the fruit so it stays juicy on the grill.

When you're ready to grill, lightly brush the fruit with melted butter to keep the pieces from sticking and place them on a clean grate over medium heat and cook until they're soft.

Make a homemade pizza by starting with a pre-made crust and apply your choice of sauce, such as tomato, pesto or plain olive oil. Then, pile on the sliced toppings and pre-cooked meat.

Place the pizza onto the grill and close the lid until the cheese is melted and slightly brown.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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