Growing Up Grilling: Father’s Day!

June 15, 2013

Everyone knows that one of the top reasons to have kids is that you’ll always have minions handy to do your bidding. This Father’s Day I’m teaching my kids how to cook with/for me, but safely over live fire, of course!

Want to recreate these recipes at home?  Here’s a quick “how-to”:

Hot Dog Quesadillas

1) Buy some hot dogs, flour tortillas, grated cheese, ketchup and any of your family’s other favorite hot dog toppings

2) Slice the hot dogs for the kids

3) Preheat the grill for medium heat cooking

4) Have the kids lightly coat one side of the flour tortillas with cooking spray of brushed cooking oil, keeping a safe distance from the grill

5) Allow kids to add their favorite toppings to the bottom tortilla and to top each with an additional tortilla

6) Explain to kids the danger of getting to close to a hot grill, setting a safety zone for them to stay outside of

7) Have the kids place their quesadillas on the grill using a long handled study spatula or place it on for them if your kids are too young to grasp the concept of grill safety or are as wild as our five year old

8) Grill quesadillas for approximately 5 minutes per side until crisp and lightly brown(-ish)

9) Slice quesadillas for the kids and allow them to serve alongside their gilled fruit salad


Grilled Fruit Salad

1) Purchase your favorite fruit salad ingredients including pineapple, watermelon, mango, fresh berries, etc. as well as your favorite BBQ dry rub and sweetener (Agave sweetener, honey, maple syrup, etc.)

2) Pre-slice larger fruit (remove pits from fruits such as mangoes and inedible core from fruits such as pineapple) for the kids so it’s easier to manage on the grill

3) Using long handled tongs and observing the same kid’s grill safety tips outlined above, allow kids to grill the larger fruit until nicely carmelized (or in the immortal words of Anna “charred”).

4) Remove fruit from the grill and have the kids add their favorite small berries like blueberries, sweetener and dry rub

5) Sit down, be served and enjoy your dad’s day!


Clint Cantwell, Editor


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