Back of Say Cheese! Pancetta Smoked Mozzarella Skewers A couple of weeks ago I read an article on the Atlantic's food blog that recommended making a grilled skewer appetizer with smoked cheese cubes wrapped in pancetta. The story reminded me of a delicious tapa I had years ago in a Spanish dive bar. Anxious to re-create the dish, I headed to the store and purchased thinly sliced pancetta and smoked mozzarella. There's really no recipe, you simply wrap a 1/2-inch cube of cheese with pancetta, skewer, and place on the grill. This is where I ran into trouble. The cheese melted before the pancetta could fully cook, sticking to the grill. I transferred the skewers to a frying pan to try and salvage them, but the cheese continued to melt, clumping together. While the final bite tasted wonderful, the technique needs some fine tuning. Do you have any advice for getting the pancetta to cook before the cheese melts? Have you ever made cheese skewers? View 15 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Comments Elizabeth1981 7 years Exactly what I was about to say! Blowtorch them. shoneyjoe 7 years Freeze the cheese and broil on a foil lined pan, or go with the individually cooked by blowtorch method. mommie 7 years Both, freeze the cheese and pre-cook the pancetta. limelindsey 7 years Definitely freeze the cheese! fuzzles 7 years I found an unbelievable smoked blue cheese (yes, smoked!) that would be fantastic in this recipe. It's fairly mild, with smokey and caramel-y notes. Here is a link: http://www.roguecreamery.com lmsplan 7 years do you have to use the smoked mozzarella - you might want to give kefalotyri or kasseri cheese a try which is a greek cheese and I think I would do both - freeze the cheese and par cook the pancetta Spectra 7 years I've done something similar to this and if you stick the cheese in the freezer before you grill it, it doesn't melt quite as quickly and the pancetta should cook through. fuzzles 7 years I'd opt for cooking the pancetta until almost done as well. And how forking delish do these sound!?! :drool: sarahcateh 7 years yeah definitely have the pancetta almost fully cooked before wrapping it around the cheese. freezing may work if you only need a LITTLE longer before the cheese melts. sunshinepointe 7 years What about partially cooking the pancetta before grilling? Either pan fry baking comes to mind.