If there’s one food that makes almost any dish better, it’s cheese – and it’s even tastier when it’s fully melted in a grill with a beautiful smoked and slightly burnt flavour to it.
For true lovers of grilled cheese, we recommend seven gourmet cheeses that grill beautifully and lend a delicious flavour to some popular dishes.
Brie is primarily a dessert cheese, but works wonderfully well with savoury dishes as well. Grill it with its rind intact on indirect heat to fully enjoy its soft and creamy texture. Spread it on your bread, or simply have it whole, with herbs, fruit and crackers on the side.
Love Italian food? Then you’ll love grilled provolone too. Its firm and grainy texture makes it ideal for cooking on a classic charcoal grill. Top it off with basil-infused olive oil to bring out its earthy flavour. A well-aged provolone cheese can be eaten when grilled freshly or when cold too.
A favourite addition to sandwiches and salads, Havarti has a sweet, slightly acidic flavour and a soft buttery feel. This semi-hard cheese is ideal to grill with bread, as it melts easily. You can also add these bread-and-cheese croutons to a salad.
Eaten plain, halloumi is like any other cheese – but its real flavour and crisp texture is highlighted when it’s grilled. Halloumi is creamy yet firm, with a hint of salt and is one of the best cheeses to grill and serve with vegetables or bread.
The mildly pungent taste of smoked Gouda lends a lovely touch to your grilled sandwich. However, being a hard cheese, it doesn’t have the gooey stretch when cut, making it ideal for salads. Gouda is harder to melt, so cook it when it’s covered fully with olive oil and on a low flame.
The crumbly texture and strong, tangy taste of blue cheese makes it ideal for salads. But when mixed with other cheese, it can go well with bread too. Mix it with basic cheddar or Brie to give a sour twist to your dish. Or eat it with fresh or dried fruits for dessert.
Paneer is best when it has a smoked, grilled taste. Wrap it in flatbread or have it with vegetables as a tossed salad. Ensure that the paneer you pick is fresh enough to be soft, but not crumbly and loose. The right tofu-like consistency works best for grilling.