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