All about Brie Cheese

Brie appetizers are not only delicious, they are also very versatile. It’s amazing
what you can do with a Brie cheese. How did the “real” Brie cheese come about in the
first place? Well, according to cheese experts, Brie cheese production began in the
French province called, unsurprisingly, Brie, a city 60 miles from Paris!

The oldest recorded evidence of its existence is found in the chronicles of
Charlemagne. The Emperor at that time tasted the cheese in the city of Brie around
the year 774 a. And here’s another interesting fact about Brie…Louis
Supposedly, XVI’s last and last wish was to have one last taste of Brie.

It is sometimes called Brie de Meaux and is considered one of the most popular of
the more than 400 cheeses of France. The popularity of Brie de Meaux can be attributed to a
competition that took place around 1814. During a Congress of Vienna, an argument
blew up about which country made the best and the best cheese.

As a result, a Frenchman named Talleyrand suggested a competition
between the different countries and their national cheeses, since he was convinced that
France would win. And of course, they did! Brie de Meaux was the winner and
became known as the “King of Cheese” and as you can imagine, he instantly became
an overnight hit that took Europe by storm and has held that distinction ever since.

In fact, Brie Cheese from France won a Brie gold medal.
National Contest in both 2000 and 2001.

What makes it so damn good? Brie is made from unpasteurized cow’s milk and has
an attractive combination of flavors including hazelnut, fruit and herbs. and it is needed
About 6.6 gallons of milk to make a brie round!

The production process consists of heating the milk to no more than 37 degrees C.
– but only during the setting stage. Therefore, the cheese is never cooked. later
placed in a mold with a special perforated shovel called “pelle à Brie”, it is
salted with dry salt. This salting process is used to balance the sweetness that
occurs due to the high quality of the milk used.

The maturation takes place in a cool cellar. The cheese develops a white mold around it.
and the creamy part turns light straw. The whole process takes at least 4
weeks and sometimes more.

In France, there are only 5 or 6 real producers of Brie de Meaux left. Apparently it’s a
Industry challenged by economies to enter. Brie has a very brittle curd that is
breaks easily and requires a special room built just to make Brie and
Triple Cream. It has to maintain the right temperature or maturation
the process will not work. This, in and of itself, makes Brie difficult to make and obviously requires
quite an investment. Therefore, farmers are not as willing to invest their time and
money in such a delicate process, not always reliable.

To serve Brie cheese properly, it’s best to let it come to room temperature.
Some good wine suggestions to serve with any type of Brie appetizer are a red
Côte-du-Rhône, a Bordeaux red or a Burgundy and it always goes well with a good
quality champagne.

In the United States, we do not sell “real brie” due to pasteurization laws that
have settled in this country. US FDA regulations say you can only do
cheese with our pasteurized milk. Our “Brie” is not the real Brie, but he is the closest thing to us.
you can make it taste like Brie de Meaux from France. If you were to put truth
French Brie next to Brie made in the United States, the difference would be very
perceptible. You’d get hooked on French Brie and have to make yearly trips
to France to satisfy your new craving!

Instead of going to France, try this tasty Brie appetizer. You’ll be glad you did!

Amaretto Brie Appetizer

There’s nothing like serving this delicious Amaretto Brie appetizer. Especially when
you see everyone dive into it without a trace. your friends and
guests will be begging you for this recipe. It’s easy to make and the creamy taste of almonds.
It is fantastic with a baguette or gourmet crackers.

What you will need:

– 1/2 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)

– 1/2 cup of butter

– 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1 ounce. amaretto liqueur

– 1 round of Brie cheese

– 1/4 cup sliced ​​almonds (chopped walnuts will work too)

– Toasted points, apple slices, baguette or crackers

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then melt the butter and add the
sugar in a heavy saucepan. Stir until heated through and consistency is smooth and
thick.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and Amaretto. mixed
good ingredients.

Next, place round Brie (remove Brie from packaging) in an oven safe dish. take
the sauce you just made and pour over the Brie. Then cover the sauce with the
sliced ​​almonds.

All you need to do is bake it for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is soft. You could
also in the microwave if you’re in a hurry. But just put it in the microwave for 30
second intervals until smooth and hot. If you microwave it for too long,
finish with Amaretto Brie appetizer soup, and that’s not what we want here!

You can serve the melted Brie on a pretty plate surrounded by apple slices, sliced
baguette and crackers. It will quickly disappear!

If you are interested in other Brie appetizers and other easy to make appetizers
recipes please visit Easy Appetizer Recipes which is located at the following URL where
you will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of options.

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