Last weekend we decided to revamp our small apartment porch. I’ve had a few succulents on our porch, but they needed some love and attention and a few new friends. While looking for soil and pots, we stumbled on the mini bbqs and we couldn’t resist. We’ve been talking about getting a small grill since we moved to LA and it was finally time – especially since we’re in the heat of summer. Besides summertime cravings for bbq flavors, we wanted a grill to help mix up our dinner options and keep us eating in more often. And to be totally honest, I was excited about pushing some of the cooking off to my guy! Since setting up the grill, I’ve been having so much fun playing with flavors and dreaming up dinner combinations. Marinades and seasoning mixes have come to the center of my attention (loving this homemade Caribbean Jerk seasoning). I wanted to try grilling fruit but didn’t know exactly what to do. The default is pineapple, I think, which I’m unfortunately allergic too. I bought this very ripe cantaloupe and thought it’d be fun to add some simple flavors, making it pop while letting the natural sweetness of the fruit come through. We paired the grilled cantaloupe with grilled chicken and lightly seasoned vegetables. It did not disappoint. This is such a fun and unique flavor combination and it’s so easy to throw on the grill and serve…
It’s easy to pick a ripe cantaloupe. Press gently near where the stem was pulled off (the indent in the top). If it is soft but not squishy you are good. Another good technique is to smell that same spot, depending on how “cantaloupe-y” it smells, tells you how ripe it is. The stronger the fragrance, the riper it is!
SWEET + SPICY GRILLED CANTALOUPE
- ripe cantaloupe
- smoked paprika
Slice cantaloupe in 1/2" pieces. Sprinkle each side liberally with smoked paprika (not regular paprika).
Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill cantaloupe slices 5-7 minutes per side. Remove from grill. Drizzle with honey.
If grilling other foods, cook cantaloupe last.
Recipe by Luci Petlack, Luci's Morsels