Who doesn’t love cheese? Introducing the easiest appetizer you’ll ever make for you and your guests – or lets be honest – for you and your friend with a bottle of wine on a Friday night.

Balsamic and Fig Compote over Baked Brie 

  • 1 package of your favorite brie
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh figs (fresh figs are absolutely amazing – reminds me of my childhood when I was chubby and ate fig newtons cookies like everyday…just kidding)
    • SUBSTITUTION: if you don’t have fresh figs, you can use any type of jam you have in the house: raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, etc. would all work.

Put your brie in the oven on 350 degrees . I’d suggest putting it on either a piece of tin foil or a non stick baking sheet pan – this makes it easier to take out when it’s done. You’ll want to bake your brie for about 10-12 minutes, so put it in the over first, before starting your fig and balsamic mixture.

Get a sauté pan going on medium heat on the stove. Chop up your figs into small pieces and toss in the pan with the balsamic vinegar.

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Let the figs and balsamic cook and reduce together for about 10 minutes. You’ll notice that some of the balsamic will disintegrate – this is normal. You really just want to get the figs a little more tender and absorb the vinegar. If you want to make the mixture even sweeter, you could also add a few teaspoons of sugar or honey to the pan. Keep your eye on the pan and make sure to stir often.

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Once your brie is done, take it out of the oven. Transfer it from your sheet pan to a clean plate using a spatula. Lastly, take your balsamic and fig compote and drizzle it over the cheese. Serve immediately with your favorite crackers or bread.

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