One of Hubby’s favorite menu requests is baked brie. Almost every time he’s in charge of a Costco run, he comes back with a wheel of brie to ensure it makes it onto the next week’s menu. Who can blame him? Cheese and crackers is a always a favorite. We love to make it a complete meal with a side salad, some fruit, and maybe some charcuterie (on non-meatless days, that is 😉 ). And, don’t forget the wine!
I’ve been making baked brie for so long that I don’t even remember where my recipe originated. I actually have two ways of making it: 1) with brown sugar and 2) fruit preserves, which is how I prepared it tonight. Both are equally delicious, and we often have a tough time deciding which way to go. So tough, in fact, that a lot of the time I end up doing both – half a wheel for each! I decided to just go with fruit tonight. Munchkin picked out cherry preserves at the store today – great choice! Blackberry and raspberry are also top picks.
I also added caprese salad to the cheese plate, mainly because Munchkin LOVES tomatoes, and we had two left from making tomato soup last week. Just enough for him! (He ate almost the entire selection of caprese himself!) This is a great meal for these early Spring nights when all we want to do is soak up every last second of sunshine rather than worry about what’s for dinner. Munchkin literally cried when we had to come in for the night. We are all SO over winter and rainy weather! A week and half of colds and sore throats in this house has not helped. Tonight, we are thankful for daylight savings time, a later sunset, and warmer weather on its way.
1 Wheel of Brie Cheese
Fruit Preserves (choose one without corn syrups!)
Filo dough, thawed
3 TBS butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°. Cover the top of the wheel of brie with fruit preserves. I used about 3 TBS, but use more or less to your liking. Place preserves-side down on top of a stack of filo dough. 2 layers at a time, fold the filo up around the wheel and brush with butter to seal together. Turn the wheel 90° or so with every layer so that the cheese is completely covered. When finished, brush the entire outside with butter. Bake for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
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