Grilling Cheese?- You’ve Got to be Kidding?!

By: DeDe Hausmann

I’m not talking Grilled Cheese Sandwiches—anyone can do that in a fry pan on the stove. I’m talking literally GRILLING —as in on an outdoor barbeque grill.  We’ve all grilled many a food, such as meats, veggies and even fruit, but I never thought of grilling cheese.  Sure we’ve topped grilled burgers with cheese and oh what flavor bleu cheese can add as a topping to a scrumptious steak hot off the grill.  But to actually “cook” cheese on the grill, now that is a challenge.

So I went to the experts and the chefs at FOOD NETWORK came thru for me.  To add cheese to a food during the grilling process, aluminum foil comes to the rescue!!!  YEA—never thought of that, did you?!!!  And they make it sound so easy.

Here’s some recipes, using cheese, that can be made simply and deliciously, on your barbeque grill.  Do note that I adjusted the recipes so they have the “DeDe touch”:

1)    QUESADILLAS–shred Pepper Jack and/or sharp Cheddar cheese on ½ of a whole wheat (try it, you’ll like it) tortilla and top it with cooked meat (thinly sliced steak, pork, or chicken) and top with torn spinach pieces.  Sprinkle with cilantro and fold in half to close.  Place each on a double layer of foil, fold over and seal well.  Grill over medium heat, turning once, for 4-5 minutes.  Serve with Salsa and Guacamole and ENJOY!!

2)   MEATBALLS—mix 1 lb of a ground meat product (as in beef, poultry, or pork), ¼ lb. fine bread crumbs, ¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese, 1 minced garlic clove, and ¼ t. each of salt and pepper.  Roll into 1½” balls.  Arrange on a single piece of foil; top with ½ cup of a “flavored” tomato sauce (as in garlic and olive oil) and cover with another piece of foil.  Seal well.  Grill over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with pasta or place in a bun, topped with more Parmesan cheese.   Serve with a tossed salad and a big glass of icy cold CHOCOLATE milk!

3)   VEGGIES AND PARMESAN—toss 3 C. of thinly sliced veggies (try zucchini, carrots, potatoes, peppers, etc.), 2 diced tomatoes, 2 smashed garlic cloves, a BIG shot of olive oil, fresh basil bits, 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper in a disposable foil pie pan.  Grill over medium heat for 10-15 minutes,  gently stirring the veggies occasionally.

OK—it’s your turn.  Try one of the suggestions above OR invent your own grilled dish with delicious and nutritious CHEESE.  Say CHEESE PLEASE!!!


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