Welcome to Hit or Miss Wednesday!
I was thumbing through my latest edition of Southern Living and as usual, was oohing and ahhing over all the recipes I wanted to try when I happened upon page 126 and saw the Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches and instantly knew I had found a new recipe to try for my Hit or Miss Wednesday series.
First of all, I just have to say that Brie is probably my very favorite soft cheese. Brie Cheese comes from Seine-et-Marne town in France. It is made from whole or semi-skimmed milk and can be purchased either in a full wheel or as a wheel segment. I kinda knew deep, deep down that it would be a hit with me!
Also, the Brie is baked in the little wooden box so the presentation is even more special. You’ve heard the saying that “We eat with our eyes first!” Well, it’s true! The more appealing food looks, the more we want to taste it.
Do you think I could find the boxed Brie in my little southern town? Of course not. A quick text to my daughter who was in Charlotte was called for because one sales clerk in a local grocery store did not even know what Brie was and the other few stores didn’t carry it at all. The story of my life.
There’s nothing new about the pairing of cheese and fruit. But, yes there’s a but, this recipe calls for a large, ripe diced peach, mixed with jalapeno pepper jelly, spicy brown mustard, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Yum!
As you probably know, Brie has a papery rind all around it. Actually, the rind is perfectly edible, but for this recipe, the rind is trimmed away from the top, the cheese is placed back into the wooden box and baked for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet. Then the peach mixture is mounded on the center of the cheese, baked an additional 5 minutes and serve with assorted crackers while it’s piping hot and oozing with cheesy goodness.
I decided to bake and serve the Brie as a Memorial Day appetizer so I could get several opinions. The hubs was outside manning the grill while all the girls were inside eating Brie!
Was it a hit or a miss? It was a huge success and even daughter #2 (the picky eater) liked it! It’s a miracle!
And you can find the recipe here! It’s the perfect appetizer for a cookout and a quick, easy recipe that I will be using again and again.
What’s your favorite cheese?