Pretty Dishes

Brie Green Onion Toasts
May 21, 2010, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Recipes

At last I share the simple and utterly delicious accompaniment for soups and salads or an indulgent snack on its own, a brilliant combination dreamed up by M, who is perhaps even a bigger Brie fanatic than I am. She has long been sautéing and baking Brie wedges or rounds with butter and green onions, and then spreading the oozing cheese on crusty bread slices by the mouthful, washing it all down with a crisp glass of white wine (Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling is her top choice). It’s divine. From that she had the idea to create crispy baked toasts topped with Brie slices and green onions to pair with an uber-healthy celery soup (recipe to come).

The toasts really couldn’t be easier to put together and are great for parties because the presentation and flavors are quite elegant. You can also make just a few at a time since there is little prep and cleanup involved. It’s hard not to want to eat them with every meal!

You’ll need:

3 or 4 peeled garlic cloves
3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil
1 loaf of crusty artisan bread
1 large wedge or small round of Brie
1 bunch green onions

First smash the garlic cloves and steep them in the olive oil in a small bowl. Let the mixture sit while you prepare the other ingredients. Alternatively, you could mince the garlic or use garlic paste to infuse the olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Slice the bread into about 1/2-inch-thick slices (cutting in half or quarters if you are serving a large group) and assemble on a baking sheet. On a cutting board, slice the Brie into pieces that match the size of the bread slices. Chop or thinly slice the green onions.

To assemble, brush the bread with the garlic-infused oil. Bake in the oven until the bread is getting crisp but not dry, 5 to 6 minutes. Switch the oven to broil.

Top the toasts with the Brie slices, brush again with the oil, then sprinkle with green onions. Alternatively, you can top with the green onions immediately after broiling. Place the toasts under the broiler until the Brie is melted, about 2 minutes.


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