Grilled brie with cherries - great as an elegant appetizer or a tailgating treat
Mary Bilyeu, Contributor
But since hauling the bounty home is an issue, I tried to focus on small, lightweight souvenirs. One of these was a pair of grilling planks that are only six inches square. Designed for preparing cheese, I thought they'd be fun to play with.
So I modified a recipe that came with the set, and grilled a small round of Brie until it was warm and creamy. (This can also easily be done with a sheet of foil, if the planks aren't available.) Sprinkled with tart cherries and crunchy almonds, sweetened with beautiful buckwheat honey, it was a delicious and special light snack, "just because."
And since this features beautiful Michigan fruit, it would be perfect to serve on your buffet table for the Cowboys Classic on Saturday night, when our Michigan Wolverines take on the Alabama Crimson Tide!
Grilled Brie with Cherries and Almonds
1 8-ounce round of Brie
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
3 tablespoons honey (I used buckwheat honey)
crackers and/or bread, for serving
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Place a sheet of foil onto the grill, and place Brie onto the foil. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is slightly smoky and is softened. Remove cheese from foil and place it onto a serving platter. Sprinkle cherries and almonds over the cheese; drizzle with honey. Serve with crackers and/or bread.
Serves 4 as an appetizer.
Here are some other great tailgating or party recipes for the season opener:
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