Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Delightful Indulgence - Baked Brie

Brie is a soft, creamy cheese that is rich with flavor.  It is often used as a dessert cheese and can compliment breads and fruit.  You won't find this near your every-day cheeses at your grocery store, so check in the deli area.

1/2 green apple, diced
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1T packed brown sugar
1/4t cinnamon
1T melted butter

1 cup diced mushrooms
1 green onion, diced
1T oil

1 round of Brie

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Sautee mushrooms and onions in small saucepan.  Mix apples, craisings, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and mix until just moistened.

Slice brie in half lengthwise so you have two rounds.  Place one half in a small baking dish, rind side down.  Place half of the apple mixture, and then half of the mushroom mixture on this half and cover with the other half of brie, rind side up.  Place the other half of the apple mixture, then the mushroom mixture over the brie.

Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese starts to soften and melt.  Serve with all kind of deliscous breads, crackers, etc.

Topping variations
Personally, I like a mix of sweet and savory, so I love this blend.  You can always go without the mushrooms if you prefer a pure sweet version.  Or double the mushrooms, add a couple of cloves of garlic and maybe toss in some pesto for a more savory version.  I've seen the use of raspberry jam and almonds as well.  The ideas are endless, you know what you love - so experiment and find the right blend for you.

Or don't.  Because really, it could be dangerous.

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