Baked camembert cheese studded with fresh garlic, thyme and a drizzle of olive oil. It’s a cheese lover’s dream! Serve with crackers and crostini.
Christmas is over but that doesn’t mean the holidays are over quite yet! We’ve still got New Years Eve, friends.
And, in my humble opinion, New Year’s Eve is not complete without decadent holiday appetizers. Decadent holiday appetizers like this ooey, gooey baked camembert.
Last Christmas, I made baked brie with roasted figs, this year I wanted to change it up a bit.
I am a huge fan of baked cheeses. Because, I mean cheese is good at all times but baked cheese? With it’s melty, gooey goodness is impossible for me to pass up.
Let’s talk a little bit about camembert first:
Camembert is made from cow’s milk and is soft ripened. The flavor is very similar to brie, earthy and nutty. As far as texture goes, camembert is soft and just a bit denser than brie cheese.
Yes, just like brie, the rind is perfectly safe to eat. And not to mention pretty delicious too.
A lot of baked camembert recipes call for baking camembert in the box. You simply remove the wax packaging and place the camembert into the wooden box.
If you’re unsure about baking in the box, or your camembert box is broken like mine was, you can also bake the camembert in aluminum foil.
You will still need to remove the wax wrapping from the cheese before wrapping it in aluminum foil.
You can then bake the cheese in aluminum foil inside the box it came in, or in another baking dish. This will help ensure that none of that oozy cheese falls to the bottom of your oven.
This recipe for baked camembert uses three of my favorite ingredients: garlic, thyme and olive oil.
To get the garlic into the camembert, simply cut a few tiny slits into the top of the cheese and place minced pieces of garlic inside.
And a fair warning. I love garlic, probably a little more than the average person, but one clove will do it. You don’t want to use much more than that or it will over power the cheese.
Finally, I sprinkled some fresh thyme and olive oil over the top and served the whole thing with crusty French bread.
It’s the perfect, decadent way to say goodbye 2018 hellloooooooo 2019.
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