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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grilled Bread Topped with Basil, Garlic and Lemon Marinated Cheese

This is a little version of a grilled cheese that we like to make here in the Lichty family. And what sets this cheese sammie apart from any other that you have had is that it is an open faced BBQ'd grilled sandwich with marinated cheese. It is truly truly as good as it sounds and looks, if not better!!

This will most likely be the most flavorful and tasty grilled cheese you have ever had! Its actually a cross between a grilled cheese and garlic bread since the cheese is marinated with a hefty amount of minced garlic. Also adding to its divine taste is the fresh basil and lemon zest. This is the perfect appetizer to any BBQ this summer or a great side with any meal.

Grilled Bread Topped with Basil, Garlic 
and Lemon Marinated Cheese

6 pieces of bread cut from 1 baguette
olive oil for drizzling
juice of 1/2 of a large lemon
salt and pepper
6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
zest of half of a lemon
juice of 1/2 large lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Prepare your marinated cheese by place your cheese slices into a bowl along with the minced garlic cloves, fresh basil, lemon zest, juice of 1/2 of a large lemon and olive oil. Stir to combine and set aside.
Filet your baguette in half down its middle and cut the bread into 3-4 inch pieces. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the tops of the bread slices and drizzle all with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Heat your BBQ and add your grilled bread, flat and seasoned side down until just crispy and beginning to char.
Turn over and add your cheese slices. Drizzle the bread and cheese with any reserved liquid left in the bowl. BBQ on medium low until the cheese is melty and gooey. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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