Where did July go? It went by way too fast, but it was one fabulous month! The weather is still beautiful and warm and we plan to spend every minute we can out on the patio. From pancakes for breakfast with the kids, to entertaining friends on Saturday nights, we will be outside for sure.
When entertaining outdoors, it is easier to prepare the entire meal on the grill and serve right from there. This way you wont miss too much of the juicy gossip!
You can cook just about anything on a grill these days and trying new things is fun and intriguing to your guests. We mentioned in our last article that we like to do something unexpected for our friends as well as our family … our kids are becoming really creative when hosting their own parties!
Did you know you can grill a wheel of Brie? It is amazing and one of our favorite easy appetizers to serve. Warm, luscious and slightly smoky, this hors d’oeuvre is sheer perfection. It’s a simple way to begin a meal and is ready very quickly. Paired with a chilled pinot grigio, a few of your favorite fruits or roasted vegetables … need we say more?
Grilled Brie with
Summer Tomato Compote
Camembert cheese or triple cream, any size wheel
2 tablespoons olive oil (infused oils work fabulously)
crusty bread slices
1 pint cherry tomatoes (any tomato will work fine)
2-3 turns good olive oil (infused oils are amazing)
sprinkle of salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chives*
Roast tomatoes, drizzled with oil and topped with the salt and pepper and herbs, in 350° oven on a sheet pan for 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Taste and re-season with additional herbs and salt and pepper.
*all herbs work fine, choose which works for you
Directions: Brush cheese wheel with olive oil on both sides using your pastry brush. Place cheese on the center of the grill, on indirect heat, until the rind is soft, about 2-3 minutes per side. Don’t leave…it can burn easily.
Using a metal spatula, place cheese wheel onto a serving plate. Spoon tomato compote right onto the top and break right through the top of the cheese into the soft center. Yum!
Tips & Tricks: If grilling scares you (or if you just don’t have a grill), you can bake this brie at 350 for about 15 minutes until hot and gooey. A stove top grill pan works nicely also
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