Winter time is my prime time to Hibernate. It’s too cold (and usually wet in Vancouver!) to want to leave the comfort of your cozy home. However, when the holiday season comes around there are always gatherings and parties to attend. I have learned how to sneakily prolong the comforts of being at home for a few hours by inviting friends over to enjoy some wine and a few appetizers before the main events.
My go-to for dinner when having people over is cheese, meat, and crackers; there is almost nothing easier and depending on how you present it, it can look like you slaved over it all day. This time around, I put a little extra love into the cheese (love included wine and garlic, of course).
- Brie Goat Cheese - I used a Salt Spring Island Brie Goat Cheese that I’ve been wanting to try for ages now (delightful, by the way)
- 4 cloves garlic
- ~2 Tbsp Dry White Wine
- Crackers and meat of your choosing to serve it with.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Peel four garlic cloves and slice in half length-wise.
- Take a knife and cut a small hole out of the top of your cheese. Through the small hole, take a knife or a fork and break up the inside of the cheese so that the wine can get through it. Put the garlic into the cheese through the cut hole and then take your bottle of wine and pour into the hole until it reaches the top. There isn't room for much wine in there so make sure you do this slowly.
- Wrap the cheese in tinfoil and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove the tinfoil from the top of the cheese and turn the oven to broil. Let it cook for approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to watch it, as it will burn quickly. You want it to bubble over a little bit and brown a bit at the top. You can keep the top on or cut it off like I did, your choice.
- Cool the wine and garlic infused brie goat cheese a little bit before serving. Serve with your favourite crackers and meat.