Plank Grilled Petite Brie with Fig Preserves

This is by far one of the easiest appetizers to prepare on the grill. The trick to petite brie is that they come in different varieties, so you can mix and match flavors. I suggest pairing different preserves with each type. Ask your local cheesemonger for a sample and some suggestions. You can also pair each with a different wine. However, so make sure to purchase a brie cheese that is encased in rind. This will make your life much easier. Well, that and using .

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Plank Grilled Shrimp and Crab Cakes

This recipe calls for the combination of shrimp and crab grilled on a plank. Softer items like crab cakes can be problematic on grill grates as they are prone to breaking and creating a huge mess. The plank allows you to takes all the stress out of the grilling process. Another perk? Since crab cakes are usually deep fried, they are loaded with unhealthy fats. This method eliminates the need for all those added calories. Served with a creamy chive mousse, this will soon be your favorite method for preparing crab (and shrimp) cakes on the grill.

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