|Brie is America’s favorite gourmet cheese. You can make a beautiful party Brie in fewer than five minutes. Take an uncut 17″ wheel and top it with a layer of pepper jelly or chutney. For a finished look, edge the rim with pecan or grape halves. If you prefer something savory, use a bruschetta topping and finish the rim with nuts or chopped scallions. You can add a short sprig of rosemary as a “plume” in the center or make an “asterisk” design across the top with whole chives. Or prepare a trio of 4.5″ baby Bries with different toppings—try honey Dijon mustard sprinkled with chopped almonds, pesto and pine nuts for an Italian accent or a Pan-Asian-style with mango chutney, coconut, honey roasted peanuts and chopped scallions. To warm the Brie before adding the topping, place it on a microwave-safe dish and heat it on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately with thin slices of baguette (always serve Brie at room temperature or warmer).
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