Grilled Feta Cheese with Thyme

Okay, let’s talk about Mondays.  Mondays used to be a regular “come home from work and cook dinner” night in my house, and don’t get me wrong, I love to cook dinner. Except…maybe…on Mondays.  So a while ago we instituted “Monday Wine and Cheese Night,” which means we have a different cheese and a different wine every Monday night.  And since we are still in the midst of grilling season, one recent Monday we decided to grill our Monday cheese….and so I bring you the wonder that is grilled feta cheese with fresh thyme.

It really couldn’t be any easier.  Take a nice square of heavy duty foil and plunk a square of feta cheese in the middle.  Scatter some fresh thyme on top and drizzle on some olive oil.

Now seal up the foil packet by scrunching the ends together well, and heat your grill up to medium.  Once the grill is nice and hot, pop the foil packet on the grill and put the lid down.  Leave it there for about 10 minutes, after which your cheese will be warm and melty and wonderful.  At this point I tossed some pita bread on the grill and toasted it just until it had some handsome char marks on it.

Now carefully open the foil packet and slide the whole wonderful cheesy thing into a pretty bowl – oil, herbs, cheese and all.  If you have grilled pita to go with it, tear that into bite-sized chunks…you can also serve this with torn french bread, toasted pita chips, cut up celery, endive leaves…you get the picture!  It’s a lovely appetizer…or maybe you want to start your own Monday Wine and Cheese Night?  It kind of gives a whole new meaning to the words “grilled cheese!”

Grilled Feta Cheese with Thyme

Serves: 4-6 appetizer servings

Ingredients
  • 1 twelve ounce block of feta cheese, room temperature
  • 6-8 generous size sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Grilled pita, french bread or fresh veggies for serving
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. 2. Place cheese in the center of a square of heavy duty foil. Roll the thyme between your palms (this releases the oils in the herbs) and place thyme on top. Drizzle the oil on top.
  3. 3. Seal the foil packets and put on the grill. Close the lid and heat for 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Carefully open the packets and transfer the contents (cheese, oil and herbs) to a serving dish. Serve at once with bread or veggies for dipping and spreading.

Recipe adapted slightly from Real Simple

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  1. Oh my goodness I had this for the first time a week ago and it was amazing! Thank you for the recipe and the idea for wine and cheese night! We may just start doing that too!

  2. Wow, this looks delicious. I love feta cheese! This will be on my menu this week, that’s for sure! :)

  3. Monday wine and cheese pretty much sounds ideal! What better way to kick off the week than with two of the most delicious things on this earth,

  4. Ah, warm cheese. Just finished wiping the drool from my mouth! Has anyone ever tried this in the oven? We are apt. dwellers without a grill.

  5. I’m just putting together some mini-penne with a meat gravy, and I think instead of topping it with grated Parm, I’m going to stick a bit of this in my oven and use it instead. Can you imagine how good that will taste? Talk about drooling! I was hungry anyway, and this!!! I can’t wait…just another minute and we will be in pasta and cheese heaven.

    Once again, your ideas are perfectly timed. ;) Thank you

  6. Theresa Murphy says:

    Yummy, yummy! So what wine did you have with this melty deliciousness?

  7. MMMMMMM.

  8. Simple and delicious recipe

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