Happy Wednesday! Thanks for all the breakfast ideas friends! And I loved reading your stories of how you are turning into your mother. ha! It’s inevitable. I just got home from the gym – a 5 mile run – and I’ve got some chili on the stove. It smells amazing! Recipe soon! Speaking of good recipes….
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you something because I’m so excited about this recipe… while i was running tonight, the lady running/walking on the treadmill next to me stopped someone walking by and asked him to get her a towel. He looked at her so confused, but then reappeared a few minutes later with a towel for her. He walked downstairs and all the way back to the entrance to get her a towel and retraced his steps to bring her to her. At first I was totally amused and then my heart was totally warmed. Maybe he read my post and your comments about being nice to newbies!
OK, back to the recipe! Last weekend I had a last-minute get together with some friends. They brought wine and I wanted to serve some snackums but didn’t have time to run to the store. Luckily I had some goat brie in the fridge that was a little strong for me to eat plain. I used to love regular brie plain or with a sweet topping so I thought I’d try the sweet topping on the goat brie. It was a hit. Served with crackers and you look like a fancy little hostess.
Warm Goat Cheese Brie with Brown Sugar & Almonds
- 1 round of goat cheese brie (I bought mine at Trader Joes)
- 1-2 T brown sugar
- 1-2 t butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1-2 T sliced almonds
- Crackers & fruit for serving (I used Artisan NutThins – LOVE those things – and some water crackers I had left over from another get together)
Note: This recipe is super easy to tweak based on what you have in your cupboard. You could probably use honey in place of brown sugar. Walnuts would be awesome with this too.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the goat brie (or regular brie!) in a ramekin.
3. Sprinkle the brown sugar or honey on top, cut the butter on top of them, and place the almonds on top of that.
4. Slide in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and once the almonds start to brown, cover with foil for the remainder of the cooking time.
Remove and let cool slightly before serving. Warn your guests that the ramekin is hot!
Mine bubbled out a bit because I had already cut a little slice out of it (took a taste attempting to like it plain). I just think it makes it look more approachable. Plus, it makes it easier to confirm that it’s done and the cheese is warm.
Enjoy with wine and friends! This 2011 Josh Cellars Cabernet that my friends brought was aaaaamazing. Seriously loved it.
Or if white is your style, I’m hooked on this New Age white. It’s just slightly bubbly and not too sweet or dry. It’s wonderful in the summer but I find reasons to drink it in the winter too.
Brie: love or hate? I used to hate it. Then I loved it. And then 6 months later I learned I didn’t tolerate cow dairy well. Luckily I discovered goat brie! Wahoo!
What’s your favorite wine under $12? Anything over that falls in the pricey category for me.