Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 04:49 pm
Serving cheese and crackers at your next summer party? Try grilled crackers for a unique twist. Melt your cheese and add other grilled toppings too!
What could be more perfect that having friends over, or going a friend’s house, hanging by the pool, catching up while the sunlight lingers, and eating some good food from the grill? Not much in my book. Backyard BBQs are perfect for taking in the lazy days of summer (or evenings if you are still working full time) and just enjoying time with friends and family. Try grilled crackers this summer and wow everyone!
A lot of people stress over throwing parties, but grilling in the backyard screams “stress-free” and fun. With all the summer fruits in season, you can even #DaretoEntertain in a unique way with your grill!
I have been posting nacho recipes for the month of June and some might think that this deviates from those. Just because the crackers are not piled up with toppings poured on them doesn’t mean that they can’t be “individual” nachos!
I had the idea that making nachos is fun, making personalized nachos is, even more fun, but making them on the grill while you are getting the coals hot for your other goodies is the best!
We all have that time where you are standing around the grill waiting for the coals to get hot or if you have gas, getting the temp up so you can slap on your steak, your fish, or your veggie skewers. Boring! Don’t stare at the empty grate, put something on it that you can eat now!
This is where Dare Crackers come in. For these grilled crackers, I used Dare Cabaret for their buttery goodness and Dare Breton Original Crackers for their wonderful texture. Not only are they tasty and perfect to hold all these delicious toppings, but they are large enough in diameter that they don’t fall through the grates on the grill!
I even threw some of my sliced plums and grapefruit slices on the grill too! Caramelizing the fruit adds a touch of sweetness to them that pairs perfectly with the cheese! You can make your own flavor combination according to what is in season or what you have on hand.
For these grilled crackers, I chose a Manchego cheese, a soft goat cheese, and a rich and creamy Brie. Manchego is a Spanish semi-hard cheese that has a buttery nuttiness to it. It usually found together with pears and honey. This time, I went with tart pink grapefruit to mix it up. The honey is so sweet that the grapefruit brings it in harmony with the cheese and the flaky cracker.
The richness and creaminess of the Brie plays well with grilled plums. The slightly tart yet sweet plum seems to melt into Brie as it melts on the cracker. I also did a classic pairing of fresh strawberries, mint, and some Balsamic glaze with the creamy goat cheese. The strawberry really shines with those flavors and brings freshness to the forefront.
I threw in one more just for fun because they are two of my favorite things. Pistachios and pomegranate arils. I had some pistachios already shelled and chopped so I cracked open a pomegranate and added them to the warm goat cheese already on the cracker. When you bite into it the arils burst with tart juice and you get a great crunch with the pistachios.
Serving cheese and crackers at your next summer party? Try grilling your crackers for a unique twist. Melt your cheese and add other grilled toppings too! Grilled Crackers for Summer Entertaining!
- Dare Cabaret Crackers
- Dare Breton Original Crackers
- Plums (, sliced and grilled)
- Brie cheese (, sliced)
- Manchego cheese sliced thin
- Pink Grapefruit (, peeled and segmented)
- Pomegranate arils
- Pistachios shelled and chopped fine
- Strawberries sliced thin
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Balsamic Glaze for garnish
- Honey for garnish
- Place your crackers on your grill while the coals are heating up.
- Add your cheese of choice.
- Let the crackers sit on the grill grates until the cheese melts or is warm.
- Remove and top with favorite toppings!
- You can see my favorite combinations above.
Keywords: Crackers, grilling, Appetizers
Don’t be afraid to grill the unusual and #DareToEntertain this summer outside! What will you grill this summer?
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