Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears, Shallots and Thyme

Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears, Shallots and Thyme - Hot Cheese Dip Recipes

It’s time for a tasty appetizer that will please everyone. This recipe is perfect as an entree or as a side dish, and it comes together quickly! You can use store-bought brie or make your own from scratch. Either way, this simple recipe is sure to impress any guest at the table.

prep: 20 mins cook: 1 hr total: 1 hr 20 mins Servings: 8 Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

½ cup slivered almonds

? cup dry white wine

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon butter

1 (8 ounce) round loaf sourdough bread

½ teaspoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

2 pears – peeled, cored and sliced

1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Assorted crackers

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir for 1 minute to soften. Add thinly sliced pears; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Pour in white wine, brown sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until the liquid has evaporated, and the pears have lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Cut a Brie-sized hole in the top of the sourdough bread to within 1/2-inch of the bottom. Cut the removed bread into pieces for serving, set aside. Score the Brie around it’s edge, using a paring knife to cut 1/4-inch deep. Cut in half by looping an 18-inch piece of very thin string, or unflavored dental floss around the scored Brie and pulling the ends in opposite directions.

Place the bottom half of the Brie, cut-side-up, into the sourdough loaf. Top with 1/2 of the pear mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 of the slivered almonds. Place the remaining brie half on top, spread with remaining pear mixture, and sprinkle with remaining slivered almonds. Place on a baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until soft and gooey. Serve with sliced sourdough bread and crackers.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 417 calories; protein 12.8g; carbohydrates 42.9g; fat 21.1g; cholesterol 32.2mg; sodium 649.7mg.

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