The Only Appetizer You Need This Summer

Say cheese!

Related To:

Food Network Kitchen's Grilled Edible Cheeseboard.

Food Network Kitchen's Grilled Edible Cheeseboard.

Photo by: Matt


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.

Related Links:

Next Up

7 Recipes That Prove You Should Be Grilling Cheese

And we're not talking about sandwiches.

This Is the Easiest Way to Grill Vegetables This Summer

Sometimes doing less work yields the best results!

All the Foods You Haven't Thought to Grill This Summer

Forget the burgers and hot dogs! Toss pizza, seafood, pasta and more on the barbecue.

Halloumi Is the Perfect Summertime Cheese

Say "hello" to your new favorite way to "grill cheese."

4 Beyond-Basic Veggies You Should Grill This Summer

Skip the peppers and zucchini and try something new.

The Grilling Accessories You Need for Summer BBQs are All at Target

Make the most of your grill this summer with 10 must-have tools.

Hot Dogs by Region

Feed a crowd with grilled hot dogs and fantastic regional hot dog toppings, from Chicago-style to Venezuelan.

Grill Veggies Right

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: You don't need a special basket to grill vegetables.

Turkey and Blistered Green Chile Burgers — The Weekender

Topped with melted cheese and sauteed peppers and onions, this Turkey and Green Chile burger is tender and juicy, and just screams "cookout."

Take the Right Temperature

Hot Tips from Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: To check a steak for doneness, insert a thermometer into the side, not the top. Aim the tip of the thermometer toward the center of the meat.