The Only Appetizer You Need This Summer

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Food Network Kitchen's Grilled Edible Cheeseboard.

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It goes without saying that there is never a bad time for a cheeseboard. Laden with cheese, fruits, meats and snacks, the mighty dish makes an ideal appetizer for a summer party. But, truth be told, there is a way to make the iconic cheeseboard even better — and it’s all thanks to pizza dough!

Instead of arranging your spread on a board or plate, simply swap in pizza dough and pop it on the grill. You’ll have a 100% edible cheeseboard that allows guests to snack their way — tearing, ripping and layering encouraged.

To make it, here’s what you do: spread a bit of olive oil on the bottom of a sheet pan, then arrange grapes, apricots, walnuts and rosemary around the border. Once that’s done, add a few sizes of aluminum foil discs and cover the entire pan with pizza dough — as the dough cooks, the aluminum will form “bowls” for filling with cheese, meats and more.

Once the dough is risen and ready, simply pop the sheet pan on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, then flip the tray and remove the foil discs. Add a wedge of baked brie to the largest indent and cook the entire thing for a few minutes more, until the crust is golden brown and the brie is deliciously gooey. After taking it off the grill, use the rest of the “bowls” to hold your favorite cheese plate assortments — we recommend olives, Parmesan, cured meats and honey.

And there you have it! An entire cheeseboard that can be eaten from start to finish — and you don’t even have to turn on your oven! For best results, serve the board warm and encourage your guests to tear off pieces for layering with honey, cheese and charcuterie. It’s guaranteed to be the one meal they’ll remember all summer — and don’t be surprised if you make it more than once. After all, once you’ve served an edible version, you’ll never go back to basic cheeseboards again.

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