Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Appetizer #1: Rosemary & Orange Baked Camembert

This is the first of three Christmas-inspired appetizers that I'll be cooking up on the blog this weekend. This wonderful rosemary & orange baked Camembert is so delicious and so simple to make. You can throw this together a few minutes before your Christmas party starts and you'll capture everyone's attention once you place this hot, oozy baked Camembert on the table. The texture of the Camembert once it's baked reminds you of cheese fondue, without all the effort and stirring.

1 (8 oz.) wheel of Camembert cheese
1 orange, peeled
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1 tbsp. olive oil
freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat your oven to 350ºF

Take the Camembert out of the plastic packaging and place it back in the circular box

Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of the orange peel and pick off sprigs of the rosemary

Score the cheese in a crisscross pattern then stud the top of the cheese with the orange peel and sprigs of rosemary

Drizzle the Camembert with olive oil, sprinkle it with some black pepper, then bake it for about 15-20 minutes

Serve the golden, oozy baked Camembert immediately with a selection of breadsticks, crudités, grilled breads, and/or grilled vegetables

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