This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dairy Farmers of Canada. All opinions are 100% mine.
I don’t know a single person who likes when things are difficult…. especially when it comes to food! If I can throw it together in less than 30 minutes it’s a winner in my books!
With summer entertaining season in full swing, there is nothing I love more than easy food! You know, the kind you can throw together in a pinch to take to backyard parties. I’ve slaved away over far too many fancy appetizers in hopes of impressing my friends and family… when really, 99% of the time, the simple and flavourful appetizers win. I once spent 2.5 hours preparing a caramelized onion dip (from scratch I might add) and it sat virtually untouched at a party while guests gobbled up the Caprese salad skewers. Boy did I learn my lesson!
So, what is my go-to when it comes to simple appetizers? Canadian Camembert. I can’t even begin to tell you all the beautiful things you can make with a luscious round of Camembert cheese. Whether you serve it sweet or savoury, whole or sliced, topped or stuffed, Camembert makes an excellent base for a fast and delicious party appetizer. Best of all, you don’t have to travel to some far away land to get your hands on the best cheese; Canadian cheesemakers produce cheeses of all sorts (including this Camembert) that would rival those found in Europe! Now local cheese is something I can get behind!
But not all cheeses are created equal. The beautiful round of Comfort Cream Camembert in this recipe come to be from my friends at Dairy Farmers of Canada and Upper Canada Cheese Company. Each day, cheesemaker Daryn Vanden Dogert takes the milk from his highly prized Guernsey cows and transforms it into cheeses with unique tastes and textures. With a commitment to the farm-to-table concept, Upper Canada Cheese follows a minimal food processing mandate to ensure they produce the purest cheeses possible.
This particular cheese, Comfort Cream, is made from the milk of a rare herd of Guernsey cows who graze in pastures on the Niagara Escarpment. It has a white bloomy rind and silky, creamy interior. With rich flavours of fresh truffles, this cheese is perfectly paired with mixed mushrooms and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best of all, it takes less than 10 minutes in the oven to reach the perfect melty consistency! Now this is a dish that will fly off the table at a summer backyard party!
Balsamic Mixed Mushroom Topped Camembert
This easy-to-transport appetizer will be the talk of the town at your next party! Umami-rich mushrooms are sautéed in fresh herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar, piled on top of a creamy round Upper Canada Cheese Company Camembert, and baked until melty. Serve with toasted baguette or crackers.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb mixed mushrooms (crimini, baby button, oyster, shiitake, enoki)
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp high-quality balsamic vinegar
1 round Upper Canada Cheese Comfort Cream,
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. In a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat add olive oil and mushrooms. Sauté until mushrooms start to soften and brown, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme, and vinegar; sauté another 1-2 minutes or until herbs are fragrant (be careful not to burn the herbs).
3. In a medium baking dish or brie baker, place round of Upper Canada Cheese Comfort Cream. Top with balsamic mushroom mixture. Bake in oven for 7 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.
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