Fried Brie (and Cheese Board)
Salty, buttery, sweet, crunchy, and smooth: these are all adjectives to describe this fried brie. Did I mention that it’s totally delicious and perfect for all your entertaining this holiday season? Because yes, yes it is.
EEK! The holidays are upon us! How did that happen? Seriously, it was just summer. Crazy how time flies this time of year, isn’t it? I’m ready though. I have family coming in next week from out-of-state and my crew is all super excited to spend time together. Cousins will reconnect, adults sip coffee and watch football, and of course there will be some shopping involved I’m sure. The guys are planning on going to a hockey game while the girls will definitely knock some things off the Christmas lists. It’s a win-win!
Whenever I entertain (which I do a lot because I just love it), I think about the food for entirely too long. What am I going to serve? What about the kids? Will everyone eat pasta? It’s just how my brain works. I got that from my Momma. She loved making food for people. And she remembered exactly what every person commented about her food. If you liked her cheesecake (which I never met a person who didn’t) and you raved about it, you can believe it’ll show up next time you were at our house. 🙂
So as I’m thinking about Thanksgiving week, I’m starting to think of meals. I’m no planner, but I’ll have an idea of what we’ll eat and when we’ll eat it. That’s where this fried brie and cheese board comes into play. This is a great snack and/or light meal. I can serve this along with some sandwiches and everyone should be happy. My nephew Parker always needs his “noodles” so you can be sure there will be some sort of pasta at every meal as well. 😉
And this recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s one of those impressive-looking appetizers that looks hard to pull off, but that’s not the case at all. You simply coat the brie in a bit of egg, press some Panko breadcrumbs into it, then fry it in some Golden Barrel Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A few minutes later, and you have a warm, gooey cheese appetizer that’s both delicious and impressive to serve to friends and family.
I heated up some apricot preserves as well as chopped up some dried apricots and stirred them into the preserves. Simply pour that over top of the fried brie and you’re done. I’ve also made this with honey poured over top. Either sweet topping is delicious and just adds to the flavors and textures of this yummy appetizer.
I made up my cheese board with three different cheeses as well as fresh and dried fruit, nuts, crackers, and some local honey. I’m telling you, no appetizer (or meal!) is as easy as this. We had friends over last weekend, and this is what I served along with some homemade soup and crusty bread. It was a hit.
So as entertaining season is almost upon us, try your hand at a cheese board, and this fried brie. I’m telling ya, it doesn’t get much easier and TASTIER than this!
From all your friends at Golden Barrel Baking Products, we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!
- 1 8 oz Brie Cheese
- 1 egg, scrambled
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 Tbsp apricot preserves
- 2-3 dried apricots, diced
- 2 Tbsp Golden Barrel extra virgin olive oil
- In a small bowl, scramble egg. Open and remove the wrapping (not the white rind) and dip into egg mixture.
- Coat the brie evenly with Panko breadcrumbs, pressing crumbs into brie. Roll ends in breadcrumbs as well. Set aside.
- Drizzle medium-sized pan with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat until oil is hot. Place brie in pan and fry for several minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. With brie up on its end, gradually rotate brie until ends are cooked, then flip over and cook the other side. Remove from heat and set on serving board.
- Heat apricot preserves in a pan on low heat (or microwave for 30 seconds at a time). Stir in diced apricots. Pour apricot mixture over brie and serve immediately.