If you never tried Queijo Coalho, you need to figure out a way to do so. For those of you who might not know, Queijo Coalho is a salty Brazilian cheese from Northeastern Brazil, but it is so delicious that it is popular throughout the whole country. Its texture is firmer and unique (when you chew it, it squeaks… I know, but I swearrrrr it does) so it is great for grilling, making it a hit in barbecue parties and a must have snack at the beach. Yes, AT THE BEACH! Queijo Coalho is typically served on a kebab stick, so street vendors sell them everywhere, plain or topped with some oregano.
Sadly you will not find queijo coalho just anywhere outside of Brazil. In LA, I get mine here, but Amazon has it too! So… see!? No excuses! Make it, take a picture, and post it on IG #CookingWithAline
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Alright, let’s grill some cheese!! But first things first… we gotta set the right mood! So here, listen to this song which represents Northeastern Brazil very well, and it praises the state where it is said Queijo Coalho has its origins in – Pernambuco!
Now we are ready… at this point you can just remove the queijo coalho from the package and carefully place it on your hot grill. You can also just grill it using a skillet, which is waaaaaay easier and simpler, especially if this is all you’d be using the grill for.
Alternatively, for the purpose of this recipe, if you really need to substitute the cheese (*eyes rolling* *attitude throwing* *cold shoulder giving* – yes I’m judging you…) you can use Queso Fresco, which doesn’t taste like Queijo Coalho, but we can grill it similarly (and yes I hid this from you until now hoping you’d just go get the Coalho… *more attitude*)
I’m mad at you, but there you go… If you are using Queso Fresco, cut it in 1 inch chunks, then grill it on a skillet. Careful because, unlike the Queijo Coalho, this cheese will melt, so work with a hot skillet, and work quickly – see how it looks different!
Now for the croutons, just slice an old baguette super thin with a mandolin (it helps to freeze the bread a little bit, so it holds its shape better)
Then smash a garlic clove and mix it with some olive oil, red pepper flakes and salt, and brush it over the croutons.
annnnd this is pretty much it, just cut some tomatoes in chunks, combine with the grilled cheese, season it, dress it up and serve