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
- 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
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.