Baked Brie with FigsYum
For many people (especially the men out there), one of the best things about this time of year is football! Going to games (I have a lot of USC alum/fans that I work with and they are die-hard fans), and watching the games on t.v. And game day wouldn’t be complete with a coffee table decorated to the hilt with great foods to snack on.
Such as this Baked Brie with Figs.
And Blue Diamond Almonds, because no cheese spread is complete without savory tasting nuts!! And Blue Diamond does savory nuts the very best!!
If you can find fresh figs – they can be used in lieu of the dried figs, and they make a really pretty presentation. But here in California, fig season is a short one – from August to October, so you’ll not likely find them in December. But dried figs are like dried cranberries – only I like them much better. If you haven’t had figs with cheese before, both figs (fresh and dried) and fig preserves pair quite nicely with cheese (especially brie)!
I add the pop of color to this simple appetizer with fresh pomegranate seeds to make things a little more festive, and they mix nicely here with this sweet and savory ensemble.
Baking the brie isn’t necessary – you could just throw down the wheel and garnish with the fruit and call it a day. No one will complain. But everyone really loves melted cheese best….
Brie with Figs
Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 (8-ounce) wheel brie cheese
- 1/2 cup dried figs, sliced (about 6-8 dried figs)
- 1/3 cup fig preserves
- 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place brie on a baking dish, preferably the one you'll be serving the brie in.
- Place in oven and bake until just softened, about 12 to 15 minutes..
- While the brie is warming in the oven, heat the fig preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Drizzle the fig preserves around the brie wheel.
- Garnish the top of the brie wheel with the dried figs and pomegranate seeds.
- Serve with crackers or slices of baguette.