I am a cheese-aholic. I love stinky cheese the best, if I was forced to choose. My favorite stinky cheeses would include Époisses, Reblochon, Délices, and Raclette. The ones I love the best tend to be washed rind cows’ milk cheeses.
However, there’s also nothing much more appealing to me than ooey, gooey cheeses – baked cheeses or those gently warmed. Brie and Camembert come to mind, but feta and goat cheeses serve the same lovely purpose. Why they’re so much fun to me is that you can change up the toppings, and really create seasonal presentations as well. I’ve made baked Brie with sautéed mushrooms in the fall, and also one topped with tomatillos in the summer. It all works!
Years ago I made something similar to what I’m doing with strawberries here, but with cherries, and the result was outstanding.
I prefer savory toppings, or at least partially savory. Lots of restaurants serve baked brie topped with honey, and that’s just too sweet for me. So for my roasted strawberries, I grabbed a fun product my daughter bought me – black pepper simple syrup. I’ve only used it on roasted Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving. The black pepper flavor was there, but also a sweetness.
Brie with Roasted Strawberries
2 cups strawberries, approximately 12 ounces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons black pepper simple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 pound Brie, approximately 5.5” across
Preheat oven to 375 convection roast, or to 400 degrees F. Chop the strawberries.
In a small baking dish, combine the olive oil, syrup, and salt, then add the strawberries and toss to coat.
Roast the berries for about 15 minutes.
Place the brie on an oven-proof serving dish. Gently heat the Brie using your microwave, or if you prefer, your oven. You just want to warm the Brie, not cook it; actrual baking of the brie isn’t necessary.
Top the Brie with the roasted strawberries, and serve with crackers or bread slices.
This brie was so good my husband actually devoured it!
If you don’t have the black pepper simple syrup, you could use a mild syrup like maple syrup and add some cayenne pepper.
Or, you can mix the roasted strawberries with a chutney and then add some white pepper.