Fall Foods You Can Grill

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Fall is no time to put away the grill. With cooler evenings and a host of great seasonal foods to grill, now is the time to light the fires and get cooking. Fall is the time of heartier vegetables that are perfect for grilling. Squash, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and carrots all have the density to hold up to intense heat while benefiting from the flavor that the grill can provide. Whether gas or charcoal, the grill imparts great flavors while concentrating the natural flavors of these seasonal...MORE fruits and vegetables. 

Similar to their vegetable counterparts, the fruits of fall, particularly apples and pears are fantastic on the grill. The high heat of most gas and charcoal units will caramelize the natural sugars and intensify their flavors. They make great desserts and treats for this time of year, and since they cook quickly, they make the perfect after dinner course that can be prepared and cooked in minutes. 

Always look for firm and fresh fall produce. While most of these foods have an excellent shelf life, they are best grilled at the peak of freshness. This is especially true of fruits and carrots. When it comes to grilling, cook only until tender. Overcooked fruits and vegetables are less than desirable and do not present well once plated. So keep the cooking times low and follow these fantastic recipes provided below. 

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    Sweet Potato Nachos on the Grill
    Cast Iron Sweet Potato Nachos on the Grill. Sabrina Baksh

    Not only are these cast iron sweet potato nachos superb, but also quite versatile. This recipe calls for steak, but you can substitute with grilled chicken breast, tofu, or add any variety of grilled vegetable to the mix. While this recipe is designed for the flame-kissed flavor of the charcoal grill, it can be prepared on a gas unit, indoor grill, stove top or oven. Serve these up at your next gathering, sporting event, or camping trip.

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    Grilled Eggplant Flatbread With Goat Cheese Vinaigrette
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    Fall is particularly abundant with garden grown eggplant. If you find yourself inundated with a large eggplant harvest, then this is a must try recipe. Simple, rustic, and fantastic these can be served as a main dish or cut into smaller slices and serve along with goat cheese vinaigrette.

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    Smoked Pumpkin
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    This is a method for smoking and cooking pumpkins for use in anything from soup, topping pasta, or for making great smoked pumpkin pies. The best part is these pumpkins can be smoked on virtually any type of charcoal grill or smoker if you have one.

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    Pears
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    These pears can be cooked up on the top rack, or left on the grill for dessert while you eat the main course. They have a slightly sweet flavor and can be served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or topped with caramel or chocolate sauce.

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    Grilled Acorn Squash with Asiago Cheese
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    This grilled squash recipe makes a great side dish for almost anything. You can get them ready and set them on the upper rack or off to the side of your grill, and pretty much forget about them until you are ready to eat.

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    Grilled Ratatouille
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    This is a tasty grilled vegetarian recipe that is full of flavor and makes a delicious meal. Ratatouille is a traditional French Provincial recipe made from the last things harvested from the garden.

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    Smoked Butternut Squash
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    Butternut Squash is the base for all kinds of recipes. By cooking it on the smoker it picks up a whole new dimension of flavors. The smoky flavor of this squash will make any dish it is used in all the better. Best of all, you get to decide how smokey to make it. This is a great recipe for the charcoal grill as well so a dedicated smoker isn't necessary.

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    Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf
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    A healthy recipe for any time of the year. This quinoa pilaf can be served as a side dish to grilled meats and seafood or served as the main course. The grilled squash and beets add a fantastic caramelized flavor to the dish. Omit or reduce feta cheese portion to suit your tastes.

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    Grilled Glazed Carrots
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    Grilling carrots is quick and easy, but if you want to add some flavor you are going to need to baste them. This sugary glaze goes on at the very end so it won't burn, but it will make some great grilled carrots.

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    Cinnamon Apples
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    Apples are perfect for the grill. Their firmness holds up to the heat and the natural sugars caramelize to a rich, sweet flavor. This grilled apple dessert is perfect for fall or winter. You can serve it sliced over pie or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with warm caramel. Comfort food at its best!