Chard Wrapped Grilled Mozzarella with Kalamata Olives

By • June 14, 2010 • 13 Comments

30 Save


Author Notes: This is perfect for a BBQ because the bundles can be made ahead and quickly grilled right before the main action starts, because you gotta serve the hungry masses something while you fuss over the perfect steak.Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Makes 8

  • 4 large, whole, outside leaves of swiss chard
  • 8 pieces of mozzarella sliced into 2-inch wide triangles, 1/2-inch thick
  • 8 kalamata olives, pitted and halved lengthwise
  • 8 pinches dried oregano
  • 8 pinches red pepper flakes
  • salt, as needed
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 4 slices rustic italian bread about 1/2-inch thick
  1. Lay the chard leaves out in front of you. Using the tip of a sharp knife cut on either side of the center vein of all 4 leaves. Discard veins. You should have 8 segments of chard leaves approximately 8"x3".
  2. Put the leaves in a large heat-proof bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let the leaves sit about 3 minutes then drain and dry them with paper towels. Take care to keep them intact.
  3. Lay a leaf out flat on the surface in front of you, shiny side down. Place a slice of cheese at the wider end of the leaf. Top that with two halves of kalamata olives, a pinch of oregano, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a few grains of salt.
  4. The next step is just like folding a flag. Fold the leaf over the cheese creating and angle which becomes one side of a triangle. Alternate this fold left and right creating a tight little triangular bundle. Brush the triangle with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle it with a bit more salt. Repeat with the remaining leaves and cheese.
  5. The triangles may be made ahead several hours and kept covered in the refrigerator. Bring them to room temperature before continuing.
  6. To grill: Place the triangles, seam side down, on an outdoor grill over indirect heat. Cook uncovered about 6 minutes, turning once. Make sure the cheese is completely melted by pressing on each one gently with your finger.
  7. While the triangles cook, lightly brush the bread slices with olive oil on both sides. Give one side a light sprinkle of salt. Place them on the grill and toast them on both sides directly over the coals (no flame). Remove them from the grill and cut them in half on an angle.
  8. To serve: Top each piece of toast with a grilled mozzarella triangle. Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil.
Jump to Comments (13)

Tags: barbecue, barbecue, barbecue, Summer

Comments (13) Questions (0)

Default-small
Default-small
Default-small

7 months ago Lex Nelson

Absolutely amazing taste and simple to make! I pan fried them and they still turned out great. This recipe really allows are a lot of variation because of the mozzarella.

Me

over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Wow! I made these tonight and they were GREAT! The only change I made was I added some roasted pepper inside the packet. Thanks so much for posting!

Gregopenskytomatomania

about 4 years ago Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

I have since made these again myself, only this time I served it with garlicky tomato relish. Mozzarella is so food friendly that all these additions work perfectly. GREG

186003_1004761561_1198459_n

over 4 years ago dymnyno

Very creative....simple and great for grilling...and I like the make ahead part.

Gregopenskytomatomania

over 4 years ago Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Wow! I always forget there are messages on this site! I am pleased with the early approval. But the proof is in the puddin' or in this case the oozy melted mozzarella! So I'll hope you will try this recipe! Here's a bit more info on this recipe from my blog. GREG http://www.sippitysup.com...

Profile

over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

This looks amazing.

Green_apple_card

over 4 years ago TasteFood

What a great recipe - it sounds like an Italian Dolma!

Default-small

over 4 years ago eatenfresh

I like this idea. I'm going to try it tomorrow!

Img_0828

over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

Looks great! We are definitely going to try this one soon.

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

over 4 years ago lapadia

Make them ahead...I like this idea!

Image

over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What a creative recipe!

Monkeys

over 4 years ago monkeymom

I love this! These packets look very versatile and delicious.










397212_10101514662356398_1850800444_n

over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

These look awesome!