Monday, December 31, 2012

Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

This is a traditional appetizer that one of my Aunt's makes every Christmas. It is an absolute family fave and so I could not let this Christmas go by without making this appetizer, even if it was only for two. Everyone should give this appetizer a try, it is just too good.

2 Tbsp butter
8 cups onions, sliced (about 4 large)
1 Tbsp thyme
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp sugar
1 8-inch diameter (32-36 oz) French Brie
2 French bread baguettes, sliced

1. Melt butter in medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until just tender, about 6 minutes. Add minced thyme, reduce heat to medium and cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes.
2. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup wine; stir until almost all liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over onions and sauté until soft and brown, about 10 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup wine; stir just until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cool. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap Brie, cut away only top rind of cheese, leaving rind on sides and bottom intact. Place Brie in Dutch oven or to an oven safe platter, rind side down. Top Brie evenly with onion mixture. Bake until cheese just melts, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and surround with baguette slices. Serve hot and enjoy!

Adapted from Bon Appétit

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