How to eat Wensleydale cheese with cranberries

How to eat brie cheese

If you don't like the bark, make square cuts to get as little of the part as possible without giving up the triangular shape. Take part of the bowl. If ie

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  • If you don't like the bark, make very angular cuts to get as little of this part as possible, but without giving up the triangular shape.
  • Take part of the bowl. If you cut the cheese without dividing it in half, all of the pieces will have it. When you've removed the top of the cheese, you get a slice of brie that is bare-shell.
  • Eat the rind with the rest of the cheese. Nobody ever knows what to do with this hard cheese rind, but in the case of Brie, you can eat it without fear. Taking out and just throwing away would be like taking all the meat out of a hamburger and just eating the bread. Even if it's a bit bitter, the taste doesn't spoil the taste of the cheese that much.
    • Never tried the bark? Go straight ahead! Not everyone likes it, but it's worth a try. However, first understand that the older the cheese, the worse the taste will be.
  • If you don't really like the bowl, take it out of the pieces. There are people who can't stand their taste, so in this case, you can easily slice it off. The ideal is to remove it by hand, but since the cheese is creamy and sticky, the task is not an easy one. To help, cut the top off first, which makes it a lot easier.
    • If you plan to serve the brie at home, you can remove the shell in advance. To do this, freeze the cheese for about 30 minutes, cut off the skin with a very sharp knife and you're done. If you aren't the only one eating the cheese, don't remove it as some people love this crust.
  • If the cheese smells like ammonia, throw it away. The brie takes about two weeks to close and only one or less to open. As it ages, the bark turns gray and has a grainy texture, and the inside acquires a disgusting consistency and odor.
    • Very "green" cheeses have a very hard skin and a slightly elastic interior. On the other hand, if they are too ripe, they are extremely soft.
    • Once you cut the brie into slices, it will no longer ripen. So it's good to eat it as soon as possible. If you need to store it, wrap it in parchment or parchment paper and keep it in a freezer drawer away from any source of moisture.
    • Freezing the brie is not highly recommended unless you're using it in a dish where texture doesn't make any difference, such as soups; if properly stored, the cheese will last up to six months in the freezer and may need to thaw cold water or the microwave can be expected.
  • Method 2 of 3: serving the cheese

    1. Let stand at room temperature for an hour before serving. Take the cheese out of the fridge and wait a while for it to become creamier and tastier. This is because this slight increase in temperature decreases the ammonia taste that brie gets when refrigerated.
      • If you want, heat it to soften it in the middle. To do this, heat it in the microwave on high power for a minute until the center becomes soft. If you want to do this in the oven, leave the cheese at 180 ° C for five minutes or until it reaches the texture you want.
    2. For a very easy option, serve the cheese with bread or crackers. Cut a piece of baguette or other gravel bread and eat with the brie. This is how the French usually eat it so that the side dish, in this case the bread, doesn't spoil the taste of the cheese. This presentation is not only delicious but also easy to make.
      • There is no need to spread the cheese on the bread as if it were butter. Cut a slice about the size of the bread, add the brie, and you're done.
    3. Combine the cheese with sweet fruits or nuts to complement its flavor. If you managed to hold on after cutting and didn't put everything in your mouth as it was, congratulations! Now you can make the cheese even more delicious by eating it with slightly acidic fruits like apples, grapes and pears, dried fruits, pecans, sweetened nuts and some honey.
      • Jellies are delicious too. It can be of any kind, but the best are also the most acidic, such as those made from cherries, berries, and figs.
      • The idea is to serve many people and you want more options? Make a nice tray of cold cuts, salami, ham and other cheeses like blue and manchego.
    4. Serve fruit or sour drinks, perfect for brie. Since we are eating a French cheese, you can also combine it with a nice champagne from the land of baguettes. This cheese goes well with sweet and sour wines such as a Pinot Noir and a good old beer. If you don't drink alcohol, grape or apple juice are also good options.
      • Soft cheeses such as Brie combine with fruity and dry wines such as Riesling, Marsannnay or Viognier. The lighter ones like Pinot Noir go well as they have a rich and delicate taste that contrasts with that of Brie.
      • If you prefer white wines, opt for dry and acidic ones. The herbal taste of a good Sauvignon Blanc goes perfectly with a Brie.
      • Did you choose beer Invest in one that is strong but lightweight, such as porters. A fruity one like Pils is also great.

    Method 3 of 3: Using Brie in Recipes

    1. Make it softer and creamier roast meat. There are several ways to cook brie starters in the oven. First, however, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place brie cheese on it and bake in the oven preheated to 180 ° C. Be careful not to let it sit for too long or it can melt a lot and become almost liquid. To prevent this from happening, leave it in the oven until it is bubbly.
      • Place the topping you want in the oven before or after placing the cheese. You can choose between dried fruits, honey, herbs or chopped nuts.
      • Turn the cheese into a dipping sauce by just slicing the top of the block like it was a lid and bake. When the inside melts, just dip your bread and cookies in and enjoy this impromptu fondue.
    2. If you want a crispier starter, go for a brie en croute. To prepare this dish, cover a block of cheese with puff pastry and bake until golden brown. Before you cut the top of the cheese, however, add the filling you want, fold the puff pastry over the brie, and pour the beaten egg yolk on top. After that, you can take it to the oven.
      • You can add cranberry sauce, which is a perfect snack for a cold day. The dish can be served plain or with crackers.
      • Another filling option is to mix 1/3 cup of chopped pecans with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, ¼ cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
    3. If you want a very sophisticated dinner, make a brie stuffed salmon. The creamy and smooth texture of this cheese combines perfectly with the strong taste of the seafood. To prepare this dish, cut four long fillets of salmon and open a pocket in the meat. Then fill them with 170 g of shrimp and prawns and 170 g of diced brie. Finally place in an oven preheated to 200 ° C for ten minutes and serve.
      • You don't necessarily need to use brie in sweet dishes. If you want, the filling can also be made with peppers, onions, pine nuts and other very tasty spices. Another good idea is to accompany the dish with a beurre blanc sauce for an even more chic and delicious touch.
    4. Add more flavor to the cheese with a little pesto. If you want the biscuits to go with something for breakfast, this is a great option. Halve the cheese and serve the pesto with pretzels, crackers and bread.
      • If you want, make your pesto at home and beat basil leaves with cream cheese, pine nuts, and other ingredients. Also add a few pieces of brie for an even better texture.
    5. Don't you want complications? Make a sandwich! There is no easier and more intuitive way to eat cheese than putting a nice slice on bread. To make it even more enjoyable, rely on the stove to make a famous hot cheese and customize your sandwich with pesto, bacon, avocado and ham. It may not seem like it, but brie goes well with many things!
      • If you're feeling like Paola Carosella, make an exceedingly sophisticated sandwich by mixing brie with cranberries and other jams and placing it on top of a bread with turkey or other meat.
    6. Swap out other cheeses for brie to create an original recipe. Once you learn to cook with brie, the sky is the limit. You can eat it straight, in a salad, in a hamburger, in a potato, however you like. Just don't go eat it all while you're cooking, or you won't be left with the recipe!

    Tips

    • Brie is very high in saturated fat, so it's best to only eat it occasionally, especially if you are on a diet.
    • When cutting, try to change the shape of the cheese as little as possible. The ideal is to cut very thin slices, but always make sure that nobody has just the peel.
    • A young brie has a softer texture, while the mature cheese is chopped up and has a very strong flavor. If you don't like that little taste of ammonia, don't let it ripen as much.
    • This isn't a creamy cheese, but you can melt it a little if this is the texture you've been looking for. With normal consistency, you can cut it into small pieces and eat it with bread or crackers.

    Warnings

    • Avoid eating unpasteurized or raw milk brie unless it's been ripened for 60 days. They say younger cheeses are tastier, but they are not good to eat for safety reasons.