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Grilled Brie with Blackberry Basil Smash
Serves 8 as an appetizer
- 1 wheel of brie
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 loaf of baguette or ciabatta bread, sliced
- olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- Basil Smash
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1/3 cup fresh basil, sliced or chopped
- 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
- 1/2 a lemon or lime juice (quantity depends on sweetness of berries)
- pinch of salt
To make the smash, add the blackberries to a bowl and using a fork, lightly smash the blackberries until they are a little saucy. Stir in the basil, jalapeño, lemon or lime juice and pinch of salt. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Preheat your grill to high heat or preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Rub each side of bread with the halved garlic clove. Sprinkle the toast with salt and pepper.
Place both the brie and bread slices on the grill and grill both for about 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly charred. Remove from the grill. Be careful when flipping the brie, you do not want to break the brie open.
To serve place the brie on a cutting board and drizzle the warm brie with honey. Add the smash. Garnish with additional basil if desired. Serve with the grilled bread.