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.
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.
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.