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Old 12-31-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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Son made, didn't turn out :(

For Christmas dinner as an appetizer, our son had me buy some stuff at the market Christmas Day. It was okay as they were watching Rounders that someone got as a gift, and I was banned from watching it. Okay with me.
I bought as instructed:
2 green apples
a head of garlic
a baguette
a round wheel of Brie cheese
olive oil
I found the only market open in Vegas and bought the goods.
Son made his version of this crustini thing that he'd had at a friends house a couple of weeks ago.
We kept checking the oven to look at in from the viewing window, the cheese never melted, never ever melted. We took it out to eat it, it'd been in there way too long at this point. It wasn't good, no flavor and the apples tasted like nothing, the garlic did nothing and the cheese never melted at $10 for the wheel, I think it should have.

Anyone know what he did wrong so I could do it again and improve?

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Old 12-31-2007, 01:46 PM   #2
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Was the cheese near the element? (Broiler?)
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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I have no idea what Rounders is....but, if I had those ingredients:

Saute the apples in butter.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the bread, and then rub the garlic onto the bread.

Toast it a bit.

Lay the cheese on the bread, and then toast it some more, till it melts. Brie melts. Fake, for decoration brie even melts. I have no idea why this brie didn't melt, except that it might have been made of plaster. Was it unusually heavy?

After the cheese melts, lay the sauteed apple slices on it, and then eat it.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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Easiest thing to do is to contact the friends who made the dish a few weeks ago and find out how they put it together. That is the one thing you did not mention.

Have a feeling it may have something to do with the size of the apple slices and its interaction with the cheese.

Apples exude a lot of water and that might have been a problem.

If you post the recipe maybe someone can help.

Or again just ask the folks who made it first.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:50 AM   #5
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Um... was the brie in the wrapper in the oven. Wheels of brie are contained in their wax cover that melts only at high temps. you carmelize the brie in the wrapper. It's melted inside, but not outside...

Brie melts at a fairly low temperature. Pehaps it should have been broiled instead of baked.. I would ask who ever made it before.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:28 PM   #6
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Hi No worries if it did not turn out. At least you tried and hopefully learnt that's the beauty of experimenting or testing something out.

Personally I don't like warm brie. It's a huge turn off for me. I like brie at room temperature. Just leave it out of the refrigerator for an hour or so.

Next time try these and see if you like them. It's very easy and pretty full proof.

Make two trays of crostinis. Slice french bread ultra thin and lay them in a pan. Make two pans. In one batch spread some butter on the crostinis

In another pan brush the crostini's with some olive oil flavored with chopped garlic

Bake them in the oven until crisp.

Serve the buttered ones with a little brie at room temperature and a dollop of seedless raspberry preserves

The olive oil crostinis can be served with a little brie and some olive tappenade. You can make an olive tappenade easily at home by using black olives (canned ones are fine, just remove the liquid), juice of a lemon, lots of garlic and parsley. Blend all of this together with some olive oil, salt and black pepper.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:07 PM   #7
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Um... was the brie in the wrapper in the oven. Wheels of brie are contained in their wax cover that melts only at high temps. you carmelize the brie in the wrapper. It's melted inside, but not outside...

Brie melts at a fairly low temperature. Pehaps it should have been broiled instead of baked.. I would ask who ever made it before.
You must be thinking of some other kind of cheese.Brie isn't covered in wax but rather a white mold which is edible Brie melts quite easily.
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Was the oven turned on?
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:16 PM   #9
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I've always taken the top layer off the brie before putting the savory on it. Then pop into a toaster oven for a very few minutes
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You must be thinking of some other kind of cheese.Brie isn't covered in wax but rather a white mold which is edible Brie melts quite easily.
Thanks, I knew it wasn't really wax but couldn't remember what it was..

I don't like the mold....
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