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Grillin’ For Two

Enjoy the thrill of the grill without setting foot outdoors, thanks to these easy weeknight recipes
Grillin' For Two

George Foreman made a household name for himself showing how an indoor grill could cook meat with less fat in half the time, yet his gourmet gadget—as well as other two-sided countertop grills, such as panini presses—offer an unlimited range of speedy, tasty veg options. Let the following meals-for-two get your creative juices flowing, and before long, you’ll be coming up with some lean, mean grilling action of your own.

GEAR GUIDE: Our Favorite Countertop Grills

George Foreman Next Grilleration
72-square-inch with removable plates; $44.99; target.com
The grill that started the craze is still a bargain, and it’s picked up some smart new features over the years. The angled design and removable, dishwasher-safe plates make cleanup a breeze.

Krups Universal Grill Panini Maker
$79.99; bedbathandbeyond.com
If storage space is a priority, this sleek grill is the one to choose because the top latches shut, allowing it to be stored upright. The basic functions make it easy to use.

Cuisinart Griddler Grill, Griddle & Panini Press
$99.95; williams-sonoma.com
This multipurpose grill (above) requires some counter space, but it’s a heavy-duty workhorse. Because the grill is flat and opens fully, it can cook pancakes and French toast as well as panini and grilled veggies. The four different grill plates are easy to clean, but can be a lot to store.

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Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Walnut Sauce

Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Walnut Sauce

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The nonstick surface of a countertop grill means you don’t have to put together a fancy marinade to make tasty, tender grilled radicchio.

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Grilled Vegetables with Miso Sauce

Grilled Vegetables with Miso Sauce

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Grill-roasted Asian-style vegetables hit the spot on a weeknight. Serve over a bed of steamed basmati or jasmine rice.

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Grilled Mango Sundaes

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A few minutes on the grill gives mangoes a rich, creamy texture without overcooking them to mush. This recipe can also be made with plums, peaches, nectarines, or pineapple.

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Grilled Plantains with Queso Fresco

Grilled Plantains with Queso Fresco

If you want to expand your horizons with Mexican flavors, this is a good dish to try. Green plantains have a starchy, almost potato-like consistency when cooked. Queso fresco is a nonmelting Mexican cheese that can be pan-fried or grilled. If you can’t find queso fresco, substitute feta cheese.

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Italian Veggie Medley

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This quick, versatile vegetable medley is perfect served over pasta or steamed wheat berries. It also makes a great hero sandwich filling: simply spread on 2 sliced long rolls, top with slices of provolone cheese, and grill in the double-sided grill 3 to 4 minutes, or until bread is crisp

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