Brie is a soft, French cheese made from milk of a cow. The most famous cheese from France, it is enjoyed by people all over the world. A mild flavor makes brie delicious when consumed alone or included in sandwiches or prepared dishes. This may seem like the cheese of the elite but it is easy to prepare a brie appetizer that everyone will love.
- 2 ounces brie (with rind)
- 2 ½ to 3 cups frozen or fresh peaches, thawed, peeled, and chopped
- ¾ cup cider vinegar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons pickled ginger, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons red onion, chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 cedar plank
- ¼ teaspoon curry powder
Step 1: The night before serving, fill a container with enough water to cover the cedar plank, put the plank in the container, weight it down, and soak it overnight.
Step 2: Prepare the peach relish the night before serving. Combine brown sugar, peaches, raisins, vinegar, pickled ginger, red onion, curry powder, and chili powder in a medium-sized enamel, nonstick, or stainless steel saucepan. Bring ingredients to boiling on the stovetop and then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until thickened, approximately 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat and cool for between 1 and 2 hours. Transfer the relish to a covered container and refrigerate it overnight.
Step 3: On serving day, drain the cedar plank. Prepare the grill and heat the plank directly over medium heat until it begins to pop and char, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the plank over so the charred side faces up.
Step 4: Slice off the top of the cheese, if desired. Put the cheese on the plank and grill until the cheese is soft and the sides begin drooping, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 5: While the cheese is cooking, transfer the relish to a small, foil pan. Put the pan on the grill and reheat the relish until it is heated through, approximately 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 6: Just before serving, spoon some peach relish on the brie. Serve with remaining relish and crackers.