I used to live in a downtown college area near tons of bars within walking distance. I loved it because I was able to convince my friends to go out near my apartment and I would walk to meet everyone. One place that we frequented was a wine bar that also served small bites and appetizers. One item on their menu that I love is Bake Brie served in a sourdough bread bowl. This is not like brie en croute, a popular party appetizer in which a wheel of brie is wrapped in puff pastry, baked, and topped with jam. While that is quite tasty, this Baked Brie is something special. I’ve never had anything like it outside of the wine bar.
I recently moved to a different city and am now in walking distance of places like Target, grocery stores, and REI. I loved my single life, living alone downtown, but I love my new life even more. It’s funny how tastes change along with us. Maybe not funny, maybe it makes perfect sense. I much prefer the places in walking distance to me now and I like walking with my granny cartto do my grocery shopping or make a quick stop at Target. (Yeah right! Is there such a thing as a quick Target stop?) I’ve lost my interest in walking to the downtown bars. Truth be told, I lost that interest almost a year before moving. Now, there is nowhere I’d rather be on a Saturday night than in my living room with my manfriend and his daughters.
One thing that I’m confident will never change is my love of cheese. My craving for garlicky melted brie with toasted sourdough will surely never dissipate. So now I satisfy that craving the homemade way. Enjoy with a glass, or two, of your favorite wine and the company of your favorite person. You won’t want to share, but there will be plenty. Trust me, I’ve had to share my Brie on many occasions. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to bake, so you’ll have to plan for it a bit, but it is super simple and worth the wait.