Guest Blog Post: Gluten-Free Grilling with Silvana Nardone

{Guest Blog Post by Silvana Nardone, owner of Silvana’s Kitchen}

Every year, my family waits till the last school bell rings. This signals the end of Brooklyn living and the start of a summer escape to our Hudson Valley home. Apartment living for most New Yorkers means no grilling, unless you’re willing to set off smoke detectors if you decide to brave cooking on a cast-iron griddle set over your stovetop. (I’ve done this more times than I care to admit.) Then there’s the freedom of the outdoors upstate, where we have both a charcoal grill and a gas grill. This gives us great flexibility of time and flavor. You can grill at a moment’s notice with the gas grill, but there’s no denying the unbelievable flavor that you only get with a charcoal grill.

When it comes to gluten-free grilling, the options are endless. After all, most foods we put on the grill are naturally gluten-free. Think about it—proteins (meats, tofu, fish) and vegetables tend to be the stars of a grilled supper. I like to use the grill as my outdoor oven when it’s too hot to crank up the oven in my kitchen: I make gluten-free pizzas and our favorite summer dessert, Gluten-Free Grilled Fruit Cobbler. Just remember to use all parts of the grilling surface to get direct (hot temperature) and indirect (cooler temperature) heat as needed. This lets you control how fast your food is cooking and baking.

Grilled Gluten-Free Fruit Cobbler from Silvana's Kitchen

Grilled Gluten-Free Fruit Cobbler from Silvana’s Kitchen

If you or someone in your family is sensitive to cross-contamination, ideally you can grill an exclusively gluten-free meal. If that’s not possible, make sure that you grill all of the gluten-free foods first. If you’re grilling on a friend’s grill, put some aluminum foil down on the grill grates or use grill-safe cookware, such as cast iron. Either way, take advantage of the easy cleanup and quick cooking that comes with grilling outdoors. I know I’ll be grilling right up until that school bell rings again.

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