Though the air is growing noticeably crisp and Labor Day seems to mark the official end of summer, by my account it’s still grilling season until I’m in my winter coat. So turn to the coals this weekend, and fire up your grill to prepare more than just your conventional steaks and burgers. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike can appreciate the charred, smoky flavor of the grill on anything from fruits to flatbreads.
Here are five unusual foods to grill this weekend:
Get the Recipe: Pork Chops With Yuzu Miso Marinade (pictured above)
Kick off your grilling festivities with this Japanese-inspired pork chop glazed with red miso, sake, sweet Japanese rice wine and red yuzu. Simply grill until the sizzling chop is charred and juicy.
Get the Recipe: Beet, Bacon and Herbed Goat Cheese Flatbread
This chewy, char-grilled flatbread offers a triple whammy of flavor: sweet roasted beets, smoky bacon and creamy goat cheese make a surprisingly delightful topping combination.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Bananas With Maple Crème Fraiche
Opt for the sweeter side of grilling with these grilled banana halves. Top the tender, warm bananas with cool maple crème fraiche to complete this summertime treat.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Focaccia Sandwich
This hot-off-the-grill focaccia makes the perfect gooey salty pocket of Parmigiano cheese and prosciutto.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Lemonade
Nix powdered lemonade packets for this adult version of lemonade— lemon halves are grilled before being juiced and then spiked with vodka and sweetened with honey-rosemary syrup.
Want more ideas? Finish out the season in style with Cooking Channel’s best summer recipes, from beefy burgers and sizzling sides to refreshing cocktails and jaw-dropping sweets.