During warm-weather months, we’re always looking for easy yet elegant dishes that will cut down on the amount of time we spend in the kitchen. Enter: Cincinnati, Ohio-based The Birch’s grilled brie. Perfect for entertaining al fresco, the appetizer is destined to become a dinner party favorite, but we’ve considered making it a standalone weeknight meal, thanks to the satisfying assortment of accompaniments. Here’s how to make the simple and delicious starter at home.


Grilled Brie with Accompaniments

Ingredients:

  • 1 wheel (4.4 ounces) Rosenborg Danish Brie cheese, unwrapped with rind on
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
  • 3 ounces fig jam
  • 4 ounces candied walnuts (prepare your own, as Birch does, or buy a small amount from your favorite specialty grocery)
  • 1/2 baguette, partially sliced but left whole
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper

Instructions:

Heat grill to a medium temperature, and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grill Brie cheese on both sides for approximately 1 to 2 minutes—just long enough to get grill marks—then transfer the Brie onto a small sheet pan and bake in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes.

While the brie is baking, prepare baguette with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 5 to 7 minutes.

Arrange the fig jam, apple, and candied walnuts on your favorite board. Halve the brie cheese and arrange on the board, then add the baguette.

Recipe courtesy of The Birch restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Birch is featured in The Scout Guide Cincinnati.