I have a love affair with cheese. I could eat it morning, noon and night…and Brie cheese?
Don’t even get me started on its deliciousness.
I think a Brie wheel ends up at every one of our family get togethers, and we all stand over its melted gooeyness scooping it up with crackers. But I know, we’re all wishing we were using spoons instead. And shovelling that goodness into our mouths without abandon. I know I am. Where did all this social grace and politeness come from anyway? Especially when it comes to food! ;)
A while back when on a shopping trip looking for inspiration for our deck makeover (which is coming to the blog soon!), I saw a recipe in the most unlikely of places…Winners. Amongst all the patio cushions and fancy glasses, there was this recipe that was calling to me loud and clear “Jo-Anna you must make me and eat me.” Really I heard it . So naturally, I had to listen right?
I loved the idea of pairing fresh raspberries with Brie cheese. And not just with a plain old Brie Wheel (which you could use of course), but little Brie bites. Yes. Have you ever seen cuter Brie?
I went to a wine show a few months ago and they were serving these little bitty bites and I almost fell over from their cuteness. I knew I had to get my hands on some, so when I saw that recipe, I knew they would be perfect for this fruit & wine chutney. And they are.
These little bites are bursting with flavours of the buttery Brie, the fresh berries, the wine and the slight flavour of the cedar plank. They are ah-mazing!
So here we go…
Cedar Planked Fruit & Wine Brie Bites. Oh. Yes.
- 1 cedar plank
- 10 mini Brie cheese wheels (or one large Brie wheel)
- ½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup raspberry jam
- ¼ cup Sauvignon Blanc
- fresh ground pepper
- Soak the cedar plank in cold water for at least 1 hour.
- In a bowl combine the fresh berries, raspberry jam, and wine. Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Preheat your BBQ to medium-high heat.
- Once the plank has been soaked, pat it dry, then place the Brie bites onto the plank, evenly spacing them out.
- Add a generous spoonful of the berry mixture on to the top of each Brie bite.
- Then place the plank on to your grill, close the lid and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- You have to check on them, and make sure that the Brie doesn't melt out. They are done once the Brie looks like it's almost ready to melt out of its rind.
- Serve with crackers or fresh chunks of bread!
Here are what they look like before they went on to the grill. So pretty & scrumptious!
These bites would be so perfect for a party with friends & family…great flavour and great conversation pieces!
The chutney is bursting with fresh berry flavour…forget the Brie, I could eat this stuff by the spoonful! ;)
So go ahead…make these…I bet you can’t eat just one…