Category Finalist: Starters and Drinks. "This flavorful appetizer is great because most of the prep work can take place before guests arrive. The Brie is rich enough to carry the appetizer with a tart and sweet compote. To ease slicing, keep Brie chilled until ready to use." --Elizabeth Bennett, Mill Creek, WA
6 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup vertically sliced red onion (1 small)
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
40 (1/4-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette (about 8 ounces)
Thyme sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 11 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Cool.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Divide Brie slices into 40 even pieces. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons compote over each baguette slice; top each with 1 piece of cheese. Arrange the slices on a large baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
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The compote is wonderful...nice cinnamon, tangy taste that is balanced well with the bread and the brie. I was looking for fast, but tasty appetizer recipes for a wine tasting and this came together easily.
I did this differently - heated up the brie in the microwave after slicing off the top and serving it with crackers and this warm compote on the side. It was an excellent combination, and also works well with just about any other tangy/pungent cheeses. Everybody at Thanksgiving loved it.
This is a real stunner! Delicious, easy, and with great eye appeal, it is perfect for a special occasion. I was a little shy of golden raisins so added some craisins to make up the difference. They worked well with the other ingredients, and added some festive color to the presentation. Prepare and chill the compote mixture a day ahead of your event to ease your schedule. Get ready for rave reviews from your guests!