Not Grilling Your Cheese Board? You Should Be!

Give your cheese board an extra layer of flavor by grilling the cheese, bread and fruit first!

June 23, 2020

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There are many reasons to fire up the grill in the summer: It’s an excuse to spend some much-needed time outside, you can cook an entire meal without heating up your kitchen, and you can get a beautiful char on just about anything in no time. And, we do mean anything.

If you’ve got a grill at home, you’re probably well-versed on all the main courses and desserts you can churn out. But you’re not using your grill to its full potential until you prepare a cheeseboard — just ask Megan Mitchell. During her Grilled Brie and Grapes with Grilled Bread class on the Food Network Kitchen app, Megan proves how nearly effortless, and rewarding, it is to get your grill involved.

Although she grills Brie cheese and dark purple grapes, Megan ensures that the possibilities are endless when crafting your cheese board, especially one that is prepared on the grill. Anything from avocados and tomatoes to all varieties of grapes get an added depth of flavor with a quick char. Plus, just about any cheese you love will do.

Other than a grill, there are some tools you’ll need. After coating the grapes in vegetable oil (any oil with a high smoke point works!), Megan tosses them into a grill basket. No matter which style you use, grill baskets are ideal for achieving an even cook while keeping small foods from falling through the grill grates. Next, she coats the Brie in a light coating of oil before placing on the grill. When removing, Megan suggests using a spatula so your cheese wheel doesn’t fall apart in transition from the grill to the plate. Paired with the grilled grapes and slices of bread, this melty Brie cheese board is packed with smoky flavor and great texture.

If you don’t have a grill or prefer to cook indoors, Megan says this recipe can be made over the stove and in the oven, as well. Whichever method you choose, just make sure you’re warming up the cheese, toasting your bread and giving fruit or vegetables a quick sear for a cheese board that will impress everyone (even if it’s just your family!).

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