Do you ever have one of those days where it's SUPER hot outside and you can think of a million things you'd rather do besides cooking dinner over a hot stove? That's the story of my life every single summer day. We don't use our AC very often in the summer so our house gets pretty warm, and heating it up MORE with the oven or stove is a terrible idea. Plus, the cost of electricity per kilowatt is increased between the hours of 4-7 pm. Summer time calls for BBQing, but sometimes burgers and chicken get kind of boring. I had the best idea ever (well, I'm sure someone else has come up with already): to use the BBQ to cook foods I'd normally make in the oven! Our BBQ has a temperature gauge on it so I would be able to see the exact temp, and cook food accordingly. So I whipped up a quick tuna casserole and let it cook on the BBQ for about 20 minutes. Here's how it went down.
- 3 cups pasta
- 3 tins of drained tuna
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (I use mozzarella)
- 2 cups chopped broccoli
- 2/3 cup light cream
- salt and pepper
- Turn on BBQ and allow it to warm up (mine took about 10 mins or so to get hot enough)
- Cook pasta in boiling water on stove top *
- Drain and add other ingredients to a large bowl
- Mix well and pour into a large casserole dish
- Sprinkle with extra pepper if desired
- Cover dish with lid or tin foil and place in the BBQ
- Cook for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbled **
- Turn off BBQ and serve casserole
*my BBQ actually has a burner that functions like a stove top, however I'm not 100% sure how to use it and wasn't about to test that while my husband was out
**every BBQ cook time will vary but since the pasta is already cooked you really just want to heat the casserole all the way through so the cheese melts.
Look at all the melty goodness!
Cooking on the BBQ is an easy and cost effective (since we use a propane BBQ instead of our energy hungry stove!) way to prepare meals. So far I've cooked pizza, casserole and failed dessert on the BBQ. What should I make next?
Labels: food, gardening and outdoors