This is another one of my go-to appetizers for parties.
The richness of a triple cream brie or a camembert combined with the sweet surprise of fig jam is always a hit. It’s perfect when you are having a large number of guests and want to have something already out while waiting for everyone’s arrival. Even though people might be on a low fat diet, when this appetizer appears—they dig in.
I always keep a small jar of fig jam in my pantry, so I can put this together at a moment’s notice.
You can buy fig jam at gourmet stores, or you can do what I do and buy it at World Market or an ethnic market for a lot less money. But don’t skimp on the quality! The brand I buy is Dalmatia Fig Spread (available at my Amazon Affiliate Store).
For the Baby Shower Brunch, I served it at room temperature. I have also put the cheese with the jam in a warm oven and let it melt a bit. Use your imagination when garnishing the platter. I use nuts, dried fruit and candied ginger; but you can also add grapes, sliced apples or pears and fresh berries.
At this party, I chose a small wheel of cheese. For a larger party or holiday buffet, I use the biggest wheel I can find.
Try it. Fig jam will become a staple in your pantry.
CAMEMBERT WITH FIG JAM
EVENT: Baby Shower
SERVES: 10 People
A wheel of camembert or triple cream French brie *
A variety of crackers or a thinly sliced baguette
Dried or fresh figs
1. Take a thin knife and slice the top of the cheese. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect: The jam will hide it.
2. Cover the top generously with fig jam.
* A NOTE: I buy camembert or any triple cream French brie at Costco.