Grill Cheese Without Making a Mess With This Simple Trick

It’s time to rethink how you "grill" your cheese.

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If you’re looking for an innovative way to use your grill this summer, look no further than Food Network Magazine’s Grilled Caprese Salad with Prosciutto (pictured above). Loaded with fresh ingredients like juicy heirloom and cherry tomatoes, tender basil and gooey mozzarella cheese, this colorful dish is prepared entirely on the barbecue.

If you're skeptical about adding cheese on to your outdoor or indoor grill — without making a huge mess as it melts — we’re here to tell you that not only is it possible, it’s super-easy too. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your fresh mozzarella into several thick rounds. You’ll then wrap each one with a slice or two of prosciutto to form packet-like bundles and then place them in the freezer for 30 minutes so they can firm up.

Wrapping the cheese in slices of meat ensures that your grill stays nice and clean and keeps your cheese contained in the prosciutto as it melts from the inside out. Plus, you'll get some char on the prosciutto that makes for great bits of smoky flavor.

After grilling each one of your prosciutto and cheese packets for a few minutes, and getting them beautifully charred on both sides, you’ll then transfer them to a platter. Top with tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil, season with a dash of salt and pepper, and there you have it — a unique and delicious summer dinner without any mess.

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