Baked Camembert With Caramelized Onions And Cranberries In Phyllo

Posted on by on April 6th, 2011 | 27 Comments »

One thing you may not know about me; I absolutely adore cheese. I rarely meet a cheese I don’t like and I could (and would like to) put cheese on most everything I eat. With that said, my favorite cheese is a wonderful brie or Camembert. Both  of these French cheeses are pretty much the same with very slight differences. They will both put you in a formage heaven when baked up with yummy fruit and eaten warm. You really cannot beat the cheesey gooey, sweet and savory deliciousness of this starter (or meal in my case)

Growing up my mother would put out beautiful baked brie on the holidays and my brother and I would plant ourselves in front of it devouring the whole thing before the guests could get their hands on it. I always liked my brie sans fruit or anything else for that matter and I would pick the cherry compote off the top. Now that I am older I look back in amazement at what I was thinking doing such a crazy thing! One of my favorite snacks is brie or Camembert with apples, yum.

Looking for a fast and yummy starter to put out for guests, I turned to a tried and true favorite, baked Camembert. I caramelized onions and mixed in dried cranberries, piled it on top of 2 small Camembert wheels and covered them in phyllo. After seeing how beautiful they were I decided to put one in the fridge and only serve one (I know so greedy, but I couldn’t help it, I was reverting back to when I was young and my brother and I horded all the baked brie before the guests came).

This is a really fast, easy and delicious recipe to impress your friends and family (or yourself for an indulgent snack or lunch or dinner or well anytime)

Ingredients

2 Small (or 1 large) Camembert Cheese Wheels (you can also use brie)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, Sliced Thin
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 Sheet Phyllo Dough, Cut in half (unless using 1 large cheese wheel)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F
In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat and add onions and saute until onions are tender and starting to turn golden, about 12 minutes.
Stir in brown sugar and thyme and cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are nicely caramelized.
Add white wine vinegar and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer onions to a bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
Add dried cranberries.
On a lightly greased baking sheet, place Camembert wheel in the center of the phyllo dough and top with half of the onion/cranberry mixture. Do the same for second wheel.
Fold phyllo dough over the cheese and pinch closed.

Bake until phyllo dough is golden brown about 20-25 minutes.
Transfer to a serving plate and serve with crackers or apples.

 

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27 Comments

  1. Posted on: 4-6-2011

    Whoa! Last picture is the best! My friend made similar dish last Thanksgiving and I loved it. I love brie too, and lately I like smoked gouda so much that I haven’t bought new brie yet. I’m always curious but never researched but Camembert and brie are almost same? In Japan Camembert is very common cheese that we can buy in Japanese supermarkets, but I never seen or eaten brie until I came to the US. I will keep this recipe for party occasion in summer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Mmmm Nami smoked gouda is really yummy too. I dont think you should wait till a summer occasion to make this 🙂

      • Posted on: 4-8-2011

        I actually agree. LOL. But you know this is really big for one family (meaning two adults). The weather has been changing between warm and cold so we haven’t started to host a party yet this year…. I guarantee I can eat the entire thing by myself…=P I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    Hot stuff! Okay, this one just put me over the edge. I’m in the middle of a three day juice detox and I’ve been holding strong while updating myself on what everyone else has been blogging…however, i think i just teared up when i saw this. I need cheese!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Yeah I think that a baked cheese like this would put me over the edge too! This is what you should indulge in after your juice detox!

  3. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    Beth, thanks for dropping by my blog and let me find yours. This looks like a dish to serve to guests and for sure will get lots of compliments. You take nice pictures.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Thanks Quay Po!

  4. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    I think I could live on baked cheese. After a long day of figuring out taxes this is exactly what I need for dinner.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Sara after a long stressful day this is definitely ultimate comfort food!

  5. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    This looks wonderful. I have a vegetarian friend coming over at the weekend so I think I will make use of this recipe! Thanks!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Ruth, this is PERFECT for vegetarian friends!!

  6. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    Oh!!! I love cheese too… and melted cheeses even more. Camembert is one of my favorite when it comes to “cooking” a cheese. I love the fact that you are combining it with sweeter flavors. I have saved this recipe and will try and make it!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Manu, you will love it! The sweetness works wonderful with the cheese!

  7. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    My first meal upon arriving in Paris? A large slice of baguette, a piece of Camembert, and a drizzle of honey. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! This is a great use of the cheese!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Tiffany, What is more perfect then a baguette with Camembert and honey? Longing for Paris right now….

  8. Posted on: 4-7-2011

    That looks so good, I’ve been wanting to do an appetizer like this for months, and just haven’t had the opportunity. Maybe I’ll just throw a party so I can make this. haha!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-7-2011

      Why wait for a party? Makes a great snack 🙂

  9. Posted on: 4-8-2011

    I have a good friend who is cheese crazy too. She’ll love this!

    Kristi

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-8-2011

      Kristi, this is definitely good for someone who is cheese crazy!

  10. Posted on: 4-8-2011

    I hear you. I love cheese so much I could easily live only with cheese (and chocolate)
    Your baked Camembert wheels sound delicious. The addition of caramelized onions and cranberries five them a little sweetness.
    Wonderful photos.
    Thanks for sharing

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-8-2011

      Thanks! The added sweetness is just right with the Camembert.

  11. Posted on: 4-10-2011

    Oh man, how did I miss this post? Just saw it and cannot wait to make it!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Katherine you would die over this! And I promise it’s totally not weird if you just sat and ate the whole thing with a fork!

  12. Posted on: 4-21-2011

    WOW! i cannot wait to try this for my next dinner party! Good Job!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-25-2011

      Thanks Bianca. It is perfect for a dinner party!

  13. Suzy
    Posted on: 6-19-2011

    This recipe has caused me to reconsider my decision to go vegan. I tried it yesterday and it is absolutely heavenly! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Mariereve
    Posted on: 10-4-2011

    I am wondering if adding slivered almonds and using cambozola cheese instead of the brie or camembert … I will make your recipe tomorrow.

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