Friday, January 7, 2011
Honey Pecan Baked Brie
I enjoy most sports, but when it comes to big sporting events I have to admit, it is all about the game food. Our game food has stepped up a notch in recent years. Sure, we still have nachos, and we can even find chicken wings and drummies from local farms which I can coat with buffalo sauce. However, after that I start to become a bit of a snob.
If I have my way there will also be some gourmet cheeses, maybe some bruschetta or pesto. This baked brie is a perfect example.
I’ve had baked brie at parties and restaurants, but have never made it myself. On New Year’s Eve I decided to give it a try and now (regardless of whether or not we care about the teams) I’ll be making it for Super Bowl too!
There are lots of baked Brie recipes out there. I originally wanted to make one with a jam on top, but couldn’t find the jam I wanted in an HFCS-free version. Instead, I combined pecans, mascavo sugar and honey. It formed a praline-type topping that was delicious with the cheese.
Spoon the pecan mixture over the cheese and spread evenly. Bake the cheese for 10 to 15 minutes, until the pecans and sugar begin to caramelize. Let sit 3 to 5 minutes before serving.