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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Brie with Apricot Topping CrockPot Recipe


This recipe is part of Oprah.com's Holiday Food Blogger Roundup. Welcome Oprah.com readers! Thank you for stopping by. xoxo steph

Day 286.


I didn't even try to light this properly and attempt a nice picture. Instead, I removed the stoneware from the base, wrapped it up in a beach towel, grabbed a sleeve of crackers and plopped on the couch in front of the TV. When Adam or the kids got near, I snarled and batted them away with my arm.

This couldn't possibly taste any better.

The Ingredients.
adapted from the Halloween issue of Taste of Home

--1 large round or wedge of brie (the round I used was 13.2 oz)
--1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
--2 T brown sugar
--2 T water
--1 tsp balsamic vinegar
--1/4 tsp dried rosemary
--1/2 cup chopped walnuts

The Directions.

I used a 1.5 mini round crockpot. If you are going to use a big one, put the brie in an oven-safe dish. As long as the dish and the crockpot heat together, you're all good.

If your brie has a really hard rind, cut the top part off. This was the first time I had used this brand of brie---I've always reached for the stuff from Trader Joe's---and I was alarmed at how thick the rind was.

Put the brie into the crockpot.

In a bowl, mix the chopped apricots, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, water and rosemary together. Spoon on top of the brie.
Sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.

Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours, or on low for about 3. Check after an hour in both cases just in case.

Serve with your favorite crackers or apple slices.

The Verdict.

I eventually shared with Adam. We had it as dinner.

The flavor is so amazing, and the brie got so gooey and amazing. I think I just drooled a bit.
mmmm.


55 comments:

Welcome to our nest said...

Yum! I am salivating as I write this... can't wait to try it!

quinn said...

Love the "batting them away" image!

This sounds fantastic. My mouth is watering! I'll have to see what oven-proof little dish I have that will fit into my crock.

I recently found some crackers that have neither gluten nor soy, and I've been making up for lost time after many crackerless weeks.

Why is my mouth watering? It's been several seconds since I read your post! :)

Christy said...

I usually just dump a bit of apricot preserves on top of my Brie. This sounds like a "fancier" alternative!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Quinn, what is the brand of the crackers you've found? I usually get the rice crackers, or the Blue Diamond almond thins.

-steph

Amy said...

Can you do this in the little dipper?

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Amy,

you won't be able to use such a big piece of brie. If you have a smaller wedge, it will work, and then cut the topping in half. The Little Dipper says it only holds 1 cup---but I've found that it holds close to 2.
--steph

Leslie said...

Wow. That sounds amazing! I'll be making that for Thanksgiving for sure.

Love your site, btw.

RANGER said...

Today, you are the subject of my post and a link to your site. What a determined person you must be to stay with your crockpot, this way.

DesertHen said...

This looks sooooo goooood!! I'm adding the needed ingredients to my shopping list......will make it soon. ( but I want it now!! ) :D

ChristinaB said...

Ooh, this sounds yummy! I have a simiar recipie but made in the oven in little pie crusts in a mini-muffin tray. Only calls for brie and apricot jam, but I bet the walnuts and balsamic vinegar will liven it up a bit.
I wonder if there is such a thing as fat&cholesterol free brie... hmmm....

Lori R said...

Ok, I have a confession. I bought a crockpot yesterday. I already have a crockpot, mind you, but it's ginormous, for my ginormous family. I got myself a wee little cute one so I could make yummy recipes like this one. And the pumpkin pie dip you posted earlier was FANTASTIC!!

BCholly said...

Okkkkk.....that is just tooo funny.. But then I love brie too, so I might be just as bad....I will have to give it a try and find out...LOL...thanks for the smiles.

We are having your Autumn sausage casserole for supper tonight....it smells divine...

Erin said...

My sister an i microwave jam and brie. gross sounding and kind of pathetic, but it works for us.

Stephanie said...

I think i could live on only varieties of cheese and crackers!

mamajil said...

This looks amazing!

Mandy said...

Yummy! I make a baked brie for holiday parties, A round of brie, with a mixture of apricot preserves, craisins, and walnuts smeared over the top, then wrapped in puff pastry and baked. . .It is divine! Can you "bake" puff pastry in the crockpot?

Corgidogmama~ said...

This...is one I'm going to make, when I'm all achy, and needy, and feelin' blue. And...I'm hogging it all........for medicinal purposes!

Liz said...

Mmmmm. I've never tried brie...but this may just do the trick. Thanks!!

BTW, I love your site!

~Liz
www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

I've really wanted to try your various brie dishes recently, but haven't done it yet because when I went grocery shopping for brie I was shocked at how much it cost, and I shop at a discount grocery store! I'm waiting until I find a coupon so I can go buy it. Does anyone here know of a place I can get brie a little cheaper?

FromThe Creek said...

This sounds wonderful! Great appetizer idea also.

How are the Diamond Almond Thins? I have been meaning to grab some for my DS...but keep forgetting.

Christy

maple said...

this sounds real good, I bet you can use other dried fruit as well like dried figs or cranberries. This will be a treat around the holidays.

Kathy said...

OMG I absolutely have to make this for the weekly potlucks we attend.....drool, drool.....

kikiverde said...

This looks absolutely divine, and super-easy for parties. Can't wait to give it a whirl!

Sadie said...

My Husband travels frequently for work, and when ever he does, after I get back from the office. I have cheese. Not that I can't have cheese when he is in town mind you, but it is something of a ritual. So tonight I am making your brie. It has another 1.5 hours in the crock pot. I only used a little 7 oz round and put it in a little corningware grab-it bowl inside the crock...and I cannot wait. :)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Oh man! I actually have all of these ingredients. I am going to be in so much trouble tonight! As for the Costco issues and the price of brie that some of your commentors have made, here is a little secret: You can get an entire wheel of brie at Costco for $5-$6. No kidding. We pay around $5.50 for ours. I have been in brie heaven the past couple of weeks. When you can get the wheel for the same price as the wedge it totally warrants a trip to Costco! LOL

Sarah said...

I loved this! I made it and ate it for dinner - and for midnight snack. And then made it again at a friends for movie and wine night. SO GOOD!

Maureen said...

What a great website! I just found it and have to bookmark it so I can come back and make your yummy recipes. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I finally made this after drooling over it for quite some time, absolutely deliscious!!

heidi said...

Do you think I can make this and then travel with it for an hour to a holiday party? Does it need to be served fresh?

Thanks!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Heidi,

I'd recommend getting it ready at home, and putting it in the crockpot to travel, and then plug it in oh high at your destination. Brie is fine getting up to room temperature, and then it shouldn't take that long to get melty.

xoxo
steph

Sara said...

This looks amazing! I'm planning on making this on Sunday for a get together with my parents and my husbands parents. I'm going to use an oven-proof insert, but will that affect the cooking time? My 1.5 qt only has one setting, so I was figuring it would already take 2-3 hours without the insert. What do you think? Thanks so much! You have created a mecca!

Crockpot Lady said...

Hi Sara, it might take a bit longer, but not much---just long enough for the inserted dish to get as hot as the crock, maybe another 20-30 min.
xox
steph

Cindy said...

WOW is all I have to say! I stumbled across your blogs the other day in a search for a crockpot taco soup....I am now officially ADDICTED to your crockpot blogs. Seriously. I have found myself getting lost over the past couple days in all you have to offer! My crockpots will never be the same again! Not just for chilis and stews anymore! (Which I despise btw...stew, not chili). Anyway, back to the brie. AMAZING! I read on one of your soup recipes I think it was, that it tasted like 'a bowl of Autumn' (or something like that). I now know exactly what you meant by that. THIS definitely did and it was made on such a perfectly cold (39 degrees at 2pm...in SEPTEMBER!) day. I have never liked brie until this recipe (mind you, I've only ever tried it cold on crackers). But I couldn't pass this up and had to try it right away. B/c I've never been a huge fan of brie, I had the idea to cut down on the amount of brie but keep the same amount of topping (thinking to me it would be all about the topping). I now regret that decision b/c my brie pretty much all 'gooed' down and mixed up with all of the topping. Don't get me wrong, it was still DELISH, but any little bit of non melted down brie that I did get, made me want MORE! Next time I will use the entire amount of brie and probably stop it right at an hour (I let mine go for just over 2). I can't wait to make this as an app for the next ladies night! THANK YOU STEPHANIE!!!!

Cait said...

I have read this posting before, and still chuckle over the snarling at the hubby. I love apricots and the easyiest jam alive is cover dried apricots with water, cook on low until water is absorbed. Dump one can of crushed or chunk pineapple in and stir. Refrigerate and enjoy a good iron rich jam that your body will absorb because it is paired with a fruit/citrus pineapple.
Loved the GMA chicken and missed the show, but saw it on the web.
You are one foxy hippie!
Huggs, Cait

Colleen Hickey said...

this sounds so good! Just heard about your book on KGO, and passing the word on facebook :)

Mokihana said...

I am going to make this at my next potluck! Could crackers be used with it too?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

definitely! If you aren't gluten free, any favored cracker will do. If you are, the new Nut Thins by Blue Diamond are great, as are tart granny smith apples cut in slices.

xoxo steph

Ariel said...

This looks fabulous! Do you think it would be worth making without the walnuts, or would it lose too much flavor? I love them but Oldest Kid is allergic.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Ariel,

leave 'em out---no problem whatsoever. They mostly provide texture.

xoxo steph

donellew said...

i'm allergice to walnuts, can you use almonds instead?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Absolutely! Use what ever nuts you prefer, or keep them out all together.

xoxo steph

~Sarah said...

Just made this for the first time today as a pre-Thanksgiving appetizer (without the walnuts b/c we don't do nuts in food in this house). Mom's question after her first taste: "Is this all we have??" I'd say it's a success! =)

Sandra Mort said...

I'm making a spinoff on this recipe. There are three or four wedges of brie jammed into the bottom of my 7 quart crock pot thawing overnight. I've also got dried cranberries with the water, balsamic and rosemary in a bowl in the fridge rehydrating overnight. Those will go on top of the cheese tomorrow with the walnuts on top. The ratios are all different... especially since I didn't measure anything... but I've got a lot more people to feed. We'll see how it goes!

sandramort said...

Wow. I don't think I've made this universally loved in years. I tweaked your recipe a little, swapping dried cranberries for the apricots, skipping the sugar, and eyeballing the topping. I used a much lower ratio of topping to cheese also -- I probably used about as much fruit and nuts as you did, but I used four wedges of cheese, entirely filling the bottom of my 7 quart crock pot. I sliced up a loaf of rosemary olive oil bread, a loaf of roasted garlic bread and some plain baguette as well as including soda crackers on the platter of bread, and cut up some winesap apples.

I'll try to put up a photo of it at my livejournal tomorrow.

Nomad Toes said...

I made this for guests and it was excellent. Perfect size for appetizer for 6 people. I had to use brie triangles, cut up and arranged, as my grocer did not have the brie wheel. It came out great. Very happy with this recipe.

Nomad Toes said...

I should mention that I served this with crackers -- All Bran Fiber Crackers (really good, kinda like wheat thins) and melba toast crackers were the best.

Kristy Powell said...

Oh My Goodness this sounds fantastic!!! Maybe I'll make it and take it to a dinner we're going to on Friday...

chickadee3357 said...

I made this and something didn't turn out right. Is all brie created equal? How do you know you have good brie? Because I don't think it was the topping, I think it was the brie. And I have had brie before, but I have never bought and used it. Will definitely try again. Maybe I will go with trader's joe's brie. I think I will also cut all the rind off.

Sofia said...

Stephanie, do you have any suggestions for adapting this recipe to work in my 6qt Smart-Pot? Maybe I could put the brie in a smaller ceramic dish within the Smart-Pot?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Sofia,

Absolutely! I use a pyrex or corningware dish---anything that is oven-safe can go directly into the crockpot insert; no water needed.

we love this appetizer!

--steph

Snorkelbuddy said...

Made this dish for my book club meeting on Thursday night & it was a hit with everyone, and so easy too! I'm thinking about using cranberries next time or a mixture of apricots and cranberries. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Snorkelbuddy said...

Tried this again with just dried cranberries and my friends & I both agreed we like them better than the apricots. Thanks again!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Hi, I'm looking for an appetizer to bring to an anniversary party next weekend. Do you think I could make this in a 3 - 4 qt. crockpot and double it? Do you think it would still turn out fine? Any thoughts as to what I should bring to serve it with besides crackers, or will that just be good. I actually came to your site today to find a main dish crock pot thing to make but this sucked me in and I want to try it! Thanks!

Liz from SimpleItalianCooking said...

Someone just forwarded me this recipe. I'll probably make a few adjustments but the idea of using a crock pot for it is awesome!

Laurie Laliberte said...

A friend (and avid follower of your blog) who passed away recently served this dish at a Mother's Day luncheon a couple years back. Phenominal. Thank you so much for bringing a happy memory of her to mind by mentioning it. Enjoy your holiday weekend. BTW, her name was also Stephanie.

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