Grilled Mozzarella Appetizer

LAST UPDATED: Oct 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 06, 2013 | By:

This easy two ingredient grilled mozzarella appetizer is so simple for everyday, but elegant enough to serve guests! It’s grilled on a cedar plank to add flavor and melt all the amazing flavors together. It is perfect for all of your cookouts and get-togethers!

A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

One of the many things I love about grilling dinner is that I can enjoy my guests’ company while on the patio preparing dinner. Unless I have time to prep ahead of time, I make each course one-by-one on the grill (in minutes), starting with this amazing appetizer – Grilled Mozzarella!

Creamy mozzarella is topped with sweet preserves for a wonderful restaurant quality appetizer that will have your guests begging for more!

The best part is that it is made in minutes with just two ingredients! It’s so gourmet, yet so simple!

A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

It’s the perfect appetizer for Pizza On the Grill, Pineapple Shrimp Skewers, Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs, Steak Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, or Tequila Lime Shrimp Skewers. Pair it with an Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette or Insalata Mista.

No dinner is complete without dessert! You’ll love this Dessert Pizza!

A slice of melted brie and a ball of mozzarella on a cedar plank

Why You’ll Love this Grilled Appetizer

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • 2 ingredients
  • It’s beautiful!
A grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserved on a cedar plank.

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A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

Grilled Mozzarella Appetizer Ingredients

  • Mozzarella – Use a large mozzarella ball that is as fresh as you can get. I like to use buffalo mozzarella that has a higher fat content, and is therefore, more delicious!
  • Preserves – I like to top this appetizer with apricot preserves, but you can use your favorites. Cherry, blueberry and strawberry all work well.
A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

Variations

  • This recipe also works well with brie! In these images I used a wedge because that’s what was available at Trader Joe’s that day- a full disc of brie would work even better!
  • Top with honey, nuts or any flavor of preserves.
A slice of brie and a ball of mozzarella on a cedar plank on a grill.

How To Make a Grilled Mozzarella Appetizer

  1. Prep – Soak the cedar plank and preheat the grill.
  2. Make – Place the cheese on the plank and top with preserves.
  3. Cook – Grill with the lid closed
A slice of melted brie covered in honey and pecans on a cedar plank on a grill..

Serving Suggestions

  • Crostini
  • Crackers
  • Flatbread
  • Thick Tomato Slices
A wedge of melted brie covered in honey and pecans on a cedar plank on a grill..
Why Use A Cedar Plank for Grilling?

A cedar plank is a must have when it comes to grilling! It helps to flavor the food you cook on it wonderfully. You obviously can’t put the cheese straight on the grill as it will melt through the grates, so this is a great mess free method.
It conducts heat much more slowly than if you were to put the cheese in a pan, so you get just the right gooey consistency without it burning.

A slice of melted brie covered in honey and pecans.
A wedge of brie and a ball of mozzarella on a cedar plank

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A hand holding a cracker covered in melted cheese appetizer from the grill.
A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

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A white platter filled with crackers and a grilled mozzarella appetizer covered in peach preserves.

Grilled Mozzarella Appetizer

Author: Julie Blanner
A quick, easy and delicious appetizer that is simple to make yet full of flavor. Perfect for entertaining!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • Cedar plank

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces mozzarella fresh
  • 3 tablespoons preserves

Instructions
 

  • Soak a cedar plank in water for at least 30 minutes, up to 4 hours. This will keep it from burning.
  • Preheat your grill to medium high.
  • Place your cheese on the plank and add preserves on top. Place plank on top of the grate.
  • Grill 10 minutes with lid closed or until it appears to almost burst at the sides.

Notes

Substitutions

  • This recipe also works well with brie! In these images I used a wedge because that’s what was available at Trader Joe’s that day- a full disc of brie would work even better!
  • Top with honey, nuts or any flavor of preserves.

Variations

  • Top with honey
  • Top with nuts
  • Top with fennel

Serving Suggestions

  • Crostini
  • Crackers
  • Flatbread
  • Thick Tomato Slices

Nutrition

Calories:72kcalCarbohydrates:3gProtein:5gFat:5gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:16mgSodium:132mgPotassium:16mgSugar:2gVitamin A:141IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:105mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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