Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Creative Ideas for Plank Grilling

I love cooking with planks. The idea of it is exciting to me and the flavors that get released out of the wood are phenomenal. I have been experimenting with our planks and have found that it is fun to come up with different things to cook on them.

One of our recent guest, who is vegetarian, asked if she could use it for more than just meat or fish. I of course said “Yes!” Maple Planked Brie is excellent. Brie is a very good cheese that can be purchased in the fine cheese or deli section of your supermarket. The cheese itself is a grayish color underneath a white crusty outer shell. Some people remove this shell but if you have guest that are experienced with Brie they will be sadly disappointed that you removed this outer layer as that part adds a contrast flavor to the cheese that is wonderful.

Here’s my extremely simple recipe for Maple Planked Brie.

Soak a Sugar Maple Plank for a minimum of 2 hours in good, clean, low iron water. (If you have public water don’t use it, the chlorine flavor will hinder the performance of your plank).

Pre-heat your oven or grill to 375 or medium-high.

Place the plank on your oven rack or grill top

The plank will sizzle as it heats up. This is just the water evaporating out of the wet plank. Pre heat the plank on the grill for 5-8 minutes.

Place the Brie wedge or wheel on the hot plank and close the grill cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt.

Remove the plank from the grill and serve right on the plank! Be sure to let your guest know that this is melted cheese and is usually extremely hot when it comes off the grill!

Serve with small bites of French Bread for dipping!

This recipe makes a wonderful appetizer for your guest and don’t forget to pair it with a nice bottle of wine! Enjoy!

Did I mention you can even do this in your conventional oven.

Do you have a favorite recipe with using grilling Planks, we'd love to hear it. If we use your recipe on the blog we'll send you a gift certificate to

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