I am PASSIONATE about cheese. I love cheese platters. I don’t trust people who don’t like cheese. It’s the root of my problem with vegans.
In fact, I could probably live off of cheese happily for the rest of my life. Throw in some bread, grapes, and good salami –none of that thinly sliced packaged nonsense- and you’ve got one supremely happy Kumquat.
When I first got to France for the start of my semester in Lyon, we were put in a hotel with the rest of the kids in our programme for about a week before being herded off into our respective host families. For that week, I literally subsisted solely off cheese and baguettes. The occasional clementine was thrown into the mix due to my mother’s daily FaceTime reminders to avoid getting scurvy.
Specifically, we ate brie. We didn’t have an oven in which to bake it, so we went the slightly sacrilegious route of zapping it in the microwave until it got all deliciously melty. Somewhere in the distance, a Frenchman cried softly into the night each time we did this.
Now that I have access to a much better oven (though admittedly far inferior cheese), I decided to try my hand at real baked brie.
This rosemary balsamic-honey baked brie with chopped walnuts is what dreams are made of. It would be so perfect at Christmas or in the fall because it’s obviously served hot and definitely qualifies as comfort food, but oh well. My love for cheese knows no seasonal bounds.
ROSEMARY HONEY BAKED BRIE
You Will Need
- A wedge of brie
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. honey
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Whisk together the honey and vinegar until completely smooth.
- Unwrap the wedge of brie and put on an oven-proof tray with high sides. Place the rosemary on the top and drizzle about half the mixture over the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is molten.
- Before serving, gently stir the walnuts into the remaining honey mixture and pour over the hot cheese. Serve with crusty bread. Oui oui Jean-Pierre baguette voila! You’ve done it!