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Grilling Cheese Anyone???


Last week I mentioned that I had planned to write a post about my recent trip to Whole Foods. I have a love/hate relationship with Whole Foods. On one hand I absolutely love Whole Foods…on the other hand I hate their prices!! I really can’t imagine shopping there all the time. I just cannot bring myself to pay that much for groceries! Nonetheless, Hubby took me there on Memorial Day and I was in heaven! I love the produce and all of the fresh, natural stuff! What I love the most, however, is all the cheese!!! Thank goodness for Hubby’s voice of reason or I could’ve easily spent $200 in just cheese! Not to mention an hour perusing the cheese section. Since it’s only two of us…and we can only consume so much cheese (and even 2 weeks later we’re still using up the two blocks that I bought) Hubby was right to keep me under control. 🙂

My super-cool find this trip to Whole Foods was “Yanni Grilling Cheese”. As you all know by now I love to grill…so anything that has the word “grill” in it will be hard for me to resist. We threw it in the cart and brought it home. I did a quick Google search to see what this stuff was all about and came across a few blogs that mentioned marinating the cheese before grilling it. I thought this seemed like a good idea and luckily for me (because if it came out bad I’d be out $5!!!) it was. It tasted so good and the way it grilled up was so awesome…I don’t even know how to put it into words! Even if you are not a cheese lover like myself…if you ever come across this in a store…you must buy it! You will be pleasantly surprised.

I served this with some smoked ribs and smoked corn salad and since the corn salad had basil I decided to make a basil marinade. The recipe below makes a decent amount of marinade…so if you don’t like to waste things like me you can use it for something else. Since you’re not marinating meat you can re-use the leftover marinade safely. I ended up using it on some chicken breasts, but I was thinking it would probably have made a nice dressing for pasta salad. If any of you decide to use this on anything else let me know how it turns out.

I would suggest marinating the cheese overnight to get a really intense flavor, but even if you only marinate for an hour or so it will still come out with a nice accent to the cheese flavor itself. So here’s to the awesomeness of Whole Foods….even if it does put a big dent in the wallet!

Basil Dressing/Marinade

½ cup fresh basil

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

¼ c. olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until well combined and basil and garlic is chopped.

Place cheese in glass dish and pour marinade over the top. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Grill the cheese per the package directions, about 2 minutes per side.

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