by: Beth Hoven Rotto
It’s so festive to join friends and family for food and fellowship this time of year. We appreciate time together, decorating our homes, lighting candles and choosing special food to share. To that end, this article is intended to give you one good idea for a delicious, merry, holiday cheese: Brie!
Authentic Brie, from the area east of Paris has a long history dating back to the 8th century. Brie is a soft ripened cows’ milk cheese that is molded into flat round discs that develops a snowy white edible rind. The interior is a rich, glossy straw color and should be plump and smooth when ripened. The flavor is buttery and creamy with a full flavor, fruity and mildly tangy with an earthen mushroom note. It has a melt in your mouth flavor. Triple creme brie is the richest brie.
Brie pairs well with many festive foods and beverages: crusty breads, water crackers, baguettes and sourdough bread are classic. Fruits like melons, strawberries and grapes are good partners as are almonds, peppers, chutneys and fresh herbs. Brie is good with wine, including Pinot Noir, Proseco, and sparkling white wines and with apple cider.
Brie is extra fancy when baked, stuffed or topped. Try one of the suggestions below and look for a big Promotion on 8 oz wheels of Triple Creme Brie this November and December!
Basic Baked Brie
Slice in half to make two layers. Spread with filling and put back together. Decorate the top of the brie. Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees or put in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
• Drained Divina Tomatoes, pine nuts, pesto.
• Carmelized onions
• Mango chutney and marcona almonds
• Mushrooms sauteed in butter with thyme, shallots and dry sherry
• Olive tapenade
• Blueberry, apricot, raspberry or your favorite preserves
Wrapped Baked Brie
It’s also possible to wrap brie in puff pastry dough and bake for a delicious and impressive presentation. Simply wrap puff pastry dough over a small wheel of brie and seal by crimping the edges together. Decorate with bits of dough as desired. Brush the dough with beaten egg and bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Let stand 20 minutes before serving. Cut into small wedges and serve with crackers.