December 29, 2010

BACONIAN MEASURES -- Bacon & Caramelized Onion Brie

Bacon?  Brie?  Yes!
Why?  Why not?
It's Bacon for Pete's sake!

A few weeks ago my good pal Holly and I were crafting and kibitzing over cheese and crackers when suddenly our brie was under attack by my eldest daughter who has a habit of extracting the creamy middle from a slice of brie with vampiric speed and accuracy, leaving only a flopping shell of white rind in her wake.  This is the same child who swears off all meat, but would (if allowed) devour an entire pound of bacon in one sitting.  So, Holly and I joked that the perfect food for my daughter would be a dish that combines both bacon and brie.  We laughed about it momentarily, but then the gears started turning and the room went deadly quiet.  "What if...?" we pondered.  There's already bacon popcorn, bacon candy, bacon pancakes, and my favorite -- Holly's Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe HERE).  Why not a brie with bacon then?


And that is how the Bacon and Caramelized Onion brie was born.  I caramelized some onions over low heat, combined them with crispy bacon, and added the mixture to a wedge of brie.  I brought the new concoction to my in-laws' Christmas Eve celebration and it was a huge hit.

This delicious fancy brie is so easy to make and can be prepared days in advance.  I've already made one to take to share with friends for New Year's Eve.  

What is the wildest Baconized food you've ever tried?


BACON AND CARAMELIZED ONION BRIE
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Ingredients
1 wedge Double Creme Brie (1/2 - 3/4 pound)
1 large Sweet Onion, peeled and diced
1/3 cup cooked crumbled bacon
1/2 Tablespoon butter
Pinch of salt

Place brie in the freezer before starting the onions.  This will make it easier to cut in half.  

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter.
Add diced onion and a pinch of salt
Cook over medium heat until onion begins to brown
Cover and continue to cook over low heat for 30 minutes, checking periodically to make sure onions aren't burning.  Stir occasionally and re-cover.  
Remove lid from pan.  Onions should be a rich caramel color.  If they haven't browned enough, increase heat to medium and cook until onions have caramelized.
Remove from heat.  Transfer caramelized onions to a small bowl.

Stir crumbled bacon in to the caramelized onions to form a relish.
Remove brie from freezer and cut in half horizontally.

Spread half of the onion mixture on the bottom half of the brie.

Put the top half of the brie back on and lightly press.

Spread the remaining half of the onion mixture on the top of the brie.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Enjoy at room temperature with water crackers or French Bread


22 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I would love it if you'd share something for my FIRST linky party Friday :)

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  2. I must say this looks lovely and delicious! I can't remember anything far out with bacon in it that I've seen. But cheese and bacon seem a good combination, they both go with eggs, and what about bacon pizzas. And this is so easy!! Very cool!

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  3. I've been wanting to buy brie for a while now. It's now on my grocery list! Yum!

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  4. This is such an original idea. My husband is a big fan of brie. I might just make this to see what happens. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  5. Thanks for the blog visit and kind comment. This looks yummy! I think my hubby would love this because he loves bacon and cheese!

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  6. I'm vegetarian, so it's not for me, but I do wonder if this would be a way to get my husband to enjoy brie! (And I used to leave the outer rind, too, when I was younger....)

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  7. Another genius creation! I'd be making it right now if I had some brie in the house (it's been added to my shopping list, though!).

    My son and your daughter would get along well. My son is a bacon maniac! It's embarrassing when we go to a breakfast buffet, his plate is always stacked 3 inches high with bacon!

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  8. well...this might be the best use of a hunk of cheese i have ever witnessed! you are a genius---and i am thinking..this cheese...on a cracker with a bit of fig jam---oh my...my gall bladder is just rumbling with joy at the thought of it! :) thank you for sharing this with tuesday night supper club...especially because i am headed to the store in the morning to get some cheese so my little fete can enjoy the beauty that is jenn and the rook :) big smiles to you at the turn of this year.
    best
    christy

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  9. I'm loving catching up on your blog. This brie looks so perfect for a New Year's eve party... and the silver dollar pancakes are SUCH a fun idea. Happy New Year to YOU!!

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  10. Cool! I just watch an episode of Man vs Food that was all about Bacon, Bacon Waffles, Bacon Margaritas....

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  11. Oh, wow, where's the red wine!!!

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  12. Oh this looks so delicious! I want some of this right this second!!!

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  13. I make a similar recipe with Apples Bacon and Onions then I add Dalmatian Fig Spread I have never thought to cut it in half and palce in the middle! That sounds yummy.

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  14. I make a similar recipe with Apples Bacon and Onions then I add Dalmatian Fig Spread I have never thought to cut it in half and palce in the middle! That sounds yummy.

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  15. me again....i made this for a dinner party the other night...i caramelized the bacon and onions together...then tossed in a couple of chopped dates. I used a full wheel of cheese, then wrapped in puff pastry and baked. it was like the BEST grilled cheese sandwich ever! i almost didn't serve dinner :)
    you rock!

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  16. My husband turned me onto peanut butter and bacon sandwiches and I enjoy my Brie warmed and topped with a bacon jam recipe I found online. Yum!

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  17. Mmmm... bacon! I found the recipe for bacon jam here http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/10/08/bacon-jam-your-wildest-dreams-come-true/

    It's super easy to make and I had everything in my pantry. And pb&b sandwiches are sublime. Make sure you make it on toast, though. The crunch along with the chewy bacon and smooth pb are... uh oh. I'm drooling on the keyboard LOL!

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  18. I love Brie but have never made it with salty, savory toppings. Looking forward to trying it!
    Jen

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  19. Oh Yum!!! I'm going to try this right away! (btw- for my son's 18th birthday I cooked up 2 pounds of bacon and propped the candle up in the pile of bacon....)

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  20. Oh my word - yum! How perfect for entertaining!

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  21. What a fabulous idea!! Thank you for featuring my Caramel Nut bars on Facebook, they are really dreamy, wish the kids hadn't eaten all of them and I had one now, guess I'll have to make a Christmas batch! Merry Christmas Sweetie!!

    Nettie

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