Two of my favorite things in the world, aside from chocolate, are cheese and bread. Warm, toasted baguette with creamy cheese…there are few pleasures in the world that are quite like the taste of bread and cheese together. This is why I seriously think in another life I was French. Not only can I totally imagine myself skipping through the gardens of Versailles, but I can also easily eat bread and cheese all day and be happy. I like to think I was Marie Antoinette’s bff in my past life. You may like to think I’m delusional. Either opinion is completely possible.
In any case, cheese and bread make a great pair for parties or gatherings. Most people enjoy both foods, so they are good items to distribute before you serve any entrees. But instead of putting out a basket of baguette and a wheel of cheese, why not make an appetizing dish that people will be curious and eager to try. After all, isn’t that why they call them “appetizers”?
That doesn’t mean you have to create some elaborate dish that is going to take up more time to make than your main dish does. In fact, this brie and baguette plate I created took less than 10 minutes to make. It’s easy, creative, pretty to look at, and yummy to eat!
- 1 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 wheel of Brie (although you won’t use all of it)
- Honey, to drizzle
- A jar of berry preserves
- 1/4 c of toasted walnuts or pecans, cut into fourths
Preheat your oven by turning on the broil setting.
- Place your slices of baguette and your choice of nuts onto a baking sheet. Set your baking sheet on a medium rack in the oven, and with the oven door slightly open, broil your bread for 2-3 minutes, or until it’s golden. Make sure to watch your bread carefully since ovens are different and your bread could easily go from toasted to burnt. When they’re toasted, take pan out and let them cool for a minute or two.
- With a butter knife, spread your berry preserves over half the amount of baguette slices. Then cut brie into thin wedges, much like you would do with pie or cake. Place one wedge on every single baguette slice (even the ones without the berry spread).
- On the baguettes without the berry spread and only cheese, place a few nuts on top of the cheese. Then drizzle honey over them with a spoon.
And that’s it! Ready to serve and be devoured.