This summer, you may be enjoying your propane grill so much that you would like to experiment with new foods to grill. Don’t get us wrong, burgers and steaks are absolutely delicious, but you are yearning for something new…something different. Our last blog discussed cooking grilled cheese sandwiches the proper way on the grill. Unless you are lactose intolerant or a vegan, you most likely indulge in cheese at least from time to time. Cheese is perhaps one of the most delicious foods in the culinary world, and there are hundreds of different cheeses available worldwide. Today, we would like to discuss cheeses that you can throw on the grill for some truly tasty treats.
Made from sheep and goat milk, Halloumi cheese is often referred to as “grilling cheese.” Unlike other types of cheeses, Halloumi on its own is rather plain and salty, but grilling it truly enhances its flavor. When cooked at high temperatures, Halloumi’s saltiness mellows into a more savory flavor. This cheese starts out firm and rubbery, but when it is grilled, it develops a wonderfully crisp, golden brown outer layer with a warm, gooey inner layer. To grill Halloumi, simply heat up your grill, oil it, and cook each side until it is warm and flexible. Cheese cooks quickly, so it could take under a minute for each side to cook, so watch it closely. Once grilled to perfection, this cheese can be eaten alone or can be used in salads, sandwiches, and pitas.
Similar to Halloumi cheese, this is a Greek cheese made from sheep or goat milk. However, kefalotyri is a much more mellow cheese in comparison to Halloumi. Kefalotyri has a harder texture and a saltier taste as well as a high melting point. The beauty in its high melting point is that it can be browned on the grill without falling apart into a complete mess. Simply grill this cheese the same way that you would grill Halloumi cheese, and you are set. Traditionally, this cheese is served on its own, sprinkled with some lemon juice and black pepper.
Until now, you may not have been aware that you could grill this cheese that you might use to top your turkey sandwiches. When you buy this mild cheese, make sure to go for a higher-quality provolone for a truly rich flavor. Try toasting some crispy baguette slices on the grill and then topping them with the grilled cheese, some red pepper flakes, oregano, and a little fresh ground black pepper. We promise that you won’t be disappointed.
Made from cow milk, queso panela is a Mexican cheese with a much different texture than the previous grilling cheese that we’ve mentioned. This light, fresh cheese is slightly salty and has a much softer texture than the other cheeses. True culinary geniuses can make some fresh tomatillo salsa, grill the queso, and place the cheese slices on top of the salsa. However, if you are short on time, you could always use store-bought salsa, which perfectly complements the flavors of the cheese. Top the queso with some freshly chopped cilantro, and enjoy!
With your propane grill, the possibilities are endless. In fact, you may enjoy grilling so much that you never want to cook indoors during our lovely summer weather. Make sure that you have a reliable propane service so that you never run out of fuel. DiSanto Propane has serviced upstate New York since 1937, and we offer automatic delivery as well as installation. We’re currently installing underground propane tanks for customers who love propane but don’t want a large tank in their yard. Contact DiSanto Propane for your home propane services today.