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4 of the Best Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes

It's time to dust off your barbecue: summer is near! Here are some easy and tasty grilled cheese recipes to make your barbecues unforgettable.

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The mouthwatering smell of melt grilled cheese recalls old memories of mild summer nights on the beach. Well, summer is near, and it's time to dust off the barbecue.

The Best Cheeses for Grilling

The first thing to keep in mind is to use hard or semi-hard cheese: sweet or spicy provolone, caciocavallo, medium-aged sheep cheese, Gruyère, and goat semi-hard cheeses. Those soft ones should be avoided because they would completely dissolve on heat. But for the rest there are no rules: experiment and have fun!

How to Grill Cheese

It's not difficult but a couple of tips may be necessary. 

  • Put the cheese on fire at the end of your barbecue when the temperature tends to decrease. In this way, the cheese gets softer and grilled without melting, a "sweet" way. 
  • Turn it upside down using a spatula, and let it cook for a minute.
  • To add the cheeses a special taste, you can be wrap it in vine leaves together with a mix of herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and oregano, before putting it on the grill.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes

Here are some easy and tasty recipes to make your barbecue really unforgettable.

Asiago and Polenta Screwers

Cut the Asiago cheese and the polenta into cubes and alternate them on skewers. Cook on low heat on the grill until the polenta presents a sort of golden crust. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar of Modena. 

Grilled Fontina and Speck Wraps

Cut the Fontina into large pieces, and wrap them with speck slices. Tie them up using some chive  and grill until the speck is crisp and golden. 

Grilled Pecorino with Herbs

Grilled pecorino cheese is very simple and really fantastic for the lovers of sheep cheese: slice the cheese and leave the slices in a marinade of extra virgin oil, mint and oregano for a couple of hours. Put the cheese on the grill.

Grilled Fontina and Pineapple

And for dessert? Oh yes, you did understand! Try fontina and pineapple: cut the fruit into 1 inch thick cubes. Prepare a marinade with pineapple juice, honey and cane sugar. Alternate the pineapple and fontina cubes on the the skewers, dress them with the marinade and let them rest in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then grill them on the barbecue, bathing them occasionally with the marinade.

What to Dip Grilled Cheese In

Are you serving grilled cheeses at a party? Serce them on hot plates, and sprinkle them with oregano, mint, pepper, chopped parsley or chili. You can accompany grilled cheeses with sauces able to exalt their intense. Pay attention because grilled cheeses are likely to become more salty, so the sauces should have contrasting ingredients to balance their taste: try chutneys, honey or maple syrup. Alwawys serve grilled cheese with baked bread or crackers.

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