My mother-in-law first introduced me to brie baked inside a hollow loaf of bread, and it has since become one of my favorite appetizers. There’s something about melted brie that is amazing. It goes well with a lot of jams and spreads, but I wanted to try something new, so I made Baked Brie with Balsamic Strawberries and Basil. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar complement each other very nicely. It’s one of those weird combinations that people might think is totally disgusting if they’ve never tried it. But trust me, just make this recipe. You won’t be sorry! The addition of the fresh basil and the cracked pepper rounds out all these flavors beautifully. Also, did I mention the best part? You get to use that giant hunk of bread from the inside of the loaf to dip the gooey cheese in. I love this recipe. Hope you do too!
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 circular loaf of sour dough bread
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp minced basil leaves
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Combine the strawberries and sugar in a small bowl and let the strawberries macerate while preparing the bread bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- With a serrated bread knife, cut out the middle of the loaf leaving about 1″ around the perimeter and 1″ on the bottom.
- Unwrap the brie and place in the middle of the loaf.
- Wrap the loaf of bread in aluminum foil and wrap the inside of the loaf that was cut out in aluminum foil. Place both on a baking sheet and bake until brie starts to melt, about 30-35 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and unwrap bread bowl and top of bread. Place on a serving dish and break up top of bread with your fingers and arrange around the bread bowl.
- Spoon the strawberries over the brie and drizzle the balsamic vinegar on top. Sprinkle basil leaves on top and season with fresh cracked pepper.
- Serve immediately.