Napoleon can easily be called the General of Grills, with its various lines that include Prestige and Prestige Pro grills, Lex and Triumph gas grills, portable grills, charcoal grills, and built-in grill heads.
And this week, we’re all about Napoleon grills! That’s because they make summer living, cooking, and eating such a breeze. And they do it with beauty and style—if you’re not ready for a full outdoor kitchen, then starting off with one of Napoleon’s fantastic grills is the perfect solution.
These grills feature easy maintenance and cleanup with full stainless steel construction, as well as all the functionality you need in one unit. You can get infrared rear and side burners to speed up the process, and all of it “small and mighty” so that you’re not taking up too much of your backyard space.
So on to this week’s summer recipe. Who knew you could make ice cream without an ice-cream maker? Who would have thought that you could do it with a grill? The people at Napoleon did, and they’ve supplied us with this wonderful recipe for a cold dessert you’ll want on a hot New Jersey night!
(Note that this recipe calls for strawberries, but we think it would work with any kind of summer fruit. Peaches? Melon? Why not experiment a little yourself?)
And in case you’re wondering why you should grill the fruit first, here’s the secret: grilling makes the sugars caramelize, and it adds a subtle smoky flavor to the ice cream. In addition, grilling creates a jam-like texture when you mix it with the rest of the recipe.
2 cups heavy cream
1¾ cups of sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp. vanilla
1 quart of fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
Place a large clean glass or metal bowl into your freezer.
Preheat your grill to medium, about 350°F or a little more. Grill berries until they have some great grill marks and are starting to get a little soft.
Remove the berries to a baking sheet and lay them flat to cool.
Remove the chilled bowl from the freezer and pour in the whipping cream. Whip the cream using an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
Take 3/4 of the berries, and toss them into a blender. Blitz until the berries are mostly liquefied. Roughly chop the rest of the berries into bite sized morsels.
Fold the vanilla and the condensed milk into whipped cream, then fold in most of the blended berries. Stir in the bite sized berries. Pour the mixture into your favorite freezer container, then swirl in the last of the blended berries for effect.
Allow the whole mixture to chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until set.
Serve topped with chocolate drizzle, nuts, or even more berries.
Let us know how you like this recipe brought to you by the folks at Napoleon, and be sure to stay outside all throughout the summer with all the great meals you can grill! Shop for Napoleon grills here at Better Housekeeping Shop.