When I think of the kind of food that we’ll find all over Denver on game day for this year’s Super Bowl; it’s most likely going to have a lot of Mexican influence. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a Super Bowl party without guacamole and chips, maybe some tamales and most definitely a margarita of some sort provided for guests. And that’s fine with me but I also love to bring something not so expected. This Kahlua, Walnut and Brown Sugar Baked Brie appetizer is simple, tasty (I mean REALLY tasty) and a great contrast to more highly spiced foods with it’s rich, sweet mixture redolent of coffee covering a warm baked brie. It’s a sure fire yum.
While I was taking photos of this dish the other day I was reminded of something I’ve had friends say and comments I’ve read on social media wondering if food bloggers ever make something awful. Oh yeah. I’ve had some missteps for sure. I’ve made some things that just didn’t cut it; either not a wow in the taste department or even total flops. Why yes I have burned something! My biggest snafus are more likely in the baked goods department but I blame that on our altitude (angel food cake anyone?) but I can usually rescue those with a creative frosting or a fruit filled crevice but for the most part I don’t share those events. Do you really want to see something I forgot and burned? I didn’t think so.
Still there are those snafus that work actually and this appetizer is evidence of that. I love Brie appetizers but Brie is a fickle cheese; it can go from warm to runny in a heartbeat. And I’ve had it happen more than once. Multitasking might not be the best thing when baking Brie (especially when throwing photography into the mix) but that’s what I was doing the first time I made this and when I was ready to serve it, I had a puddle of Brie instead of that nicely formed cheese with a dripping and decadent topping. I punted, slid it all into this small ceramic pie dish and people raved. Not one person said, ‘But Barb why didn’t you serve this appetizer with the Brie standing alone on a dish with the decadent topping nicely dribbling over the sides?’
I tried but I failed and yet in that I found that this presentation works and takes the guessing out of when the Brie is perfectly warm and ready. Now it’s referred to as ‘my Brie dish’ and no matter whether I make it stand alone or encrust it in pastry, my Brie is always baked in this dish! Trust your timing better than I do mine? Go on, just put in on a plate and warm it for the time indicated in the recipe; it will be fine. But learn from my mistake; if you’re not ready to serve it and think you can keep it warm in the oven, think again…a puddle might be in your future too!
Make sure you take a peek after the recipe for even more dips…it’s almost game time!
- 12 oz wheel of Brie
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup Kahlua
- 1/2 tsp instant espresso (optional)
- 2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
- Apple slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the top of the Brie wheel and place in a baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring brown sugar and Kahlua to a boil. Add espresso powder if using and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.
- Add the walnuts and warm for another minute or two.
- Remove the Brie from the oven and pour the sauce over the Brie. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm with crackers and apple slices.
I hope you’ll check out the other great dip recipes from the Food Network’s #ComfortFoodFeast!
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