Did you ever think that you could grill cheese? We’re not talking about sandwiches, but about throwing a big hunk of cheese directly onto the heat so the outsides get beautifully charred while the insides get warm and melty. It took us by surprise, but by golly, it’s tasty. To make it, you’ll dredge the cheese in za’atar, a Middle Eastern herb and spice blend, then serve it on top of bubbly couscous and tender zucchini and onion dusted in tangy sumac. Being cheesy never tasted so good.
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Veggie Stock Concentrate
• Heat broiler to high. Wash and dry all produce. • Halve, peel, and cut onion into 1-inch- thick wedges; mince 1 wedge. Trim and halve zucchini lengthwise; cut into long, thin wedges. Halve tomatoes. Zest and quarter lemon. Roughly chop cilantro.
• Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add minced onion and couscous. Cook, stirring, until onion is softened and couscous is lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes. • Add ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4 servings) and stock concentrate. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until couscous is tender, 6-8 minutes. • Keep covered off heat until ready to use in step 5.
• Meanwhile, toss zucchini and onion wedges on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of oil, sumac, salt, and pepper. • Broil, tossing halfway through, until lightly charred, 10-15 minutes. TIP: Watch carefully to avoid burning.
• While veggies roast, slice grilling cheese into four large pieces (eight pieces for 4 servings). • Place Za’atar Spice on a plate. Coat cheese in za’atar, pressing to adhere. • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large, preferably nonstick, pan over medium-high heat. Add cheese and cook until browned, 1-2 minutes per side.
• Transfer cooked couscous to a large bowl. Stir in tomatoes, lemon zest, half the roasted veggies, half the cilantro, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
• Divide couscous mixture between plates. Top with grilling cheese and remaining roasted veggies. Garnish with remaining cilantro. Serve with remaining lemon wedges on the side.