Garlic goes with everything….pasta, butter, shrimp, steak, veggies and chocolate. Yes, you read that correctly, chocolate. I know I have mentioned this is posts from the past but one of my favorite memories as a child was attending the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. A garlic lovers paradise, you can try everything you can dream of with garlic, including garlic ice cream served in a cantaloupe bowl. I am telling you, the garlic ice cream is fantastic and even though it has been years since I have had it, I can still remember the taste. As someone who will try anything when it comes to food, garlic paired with chocolate is actually something I had never tried until yesterday. While thumbing through my current favorite cookbook, California Home Cooking by Michele Anna Jordan, I was excited to try the recipe for Brie with Strawberries, Chocolate and Garlic. Since it was Memorial Day, I decided to make it and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine.
This unique and super easy recipe is both delicious and decadent. Many of my friends thought I had lost my marbles when I told them I was making this and that is combined chocolate and garlic. You can’t judge anything until you try it and I have a much more adventurous palate than most. I tried to make this as authentic as possible and used Driscoll’s Strawberries and Ghirardelli Chocolate from California. Living in Florida I had to use garlic from Spain but regardless, it came out great.
All you need is brie cheese, strawberries, garlic cloves, a baguette and some bittersweet chocolate. Simply slice garlic cloves into slivers, sautee with butter then sprinkle with sugar and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes. Place a round of brie at room temperature on a serving platter while the garlic is roasting and then melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Once the garlic is ready, combine with the chocolate then pour over the brie and serve with sliced baguette and strawberries. The garlic blends with the chocolate in an almost magical way that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. (Trust me, I could not stop eating it)
I urge you to try this the next time you have friends over for a get together. Pair this with either sparkling wine or a nice pinot noir and see if your guests can figure out what gives the chocolate a unique flavor.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 head of garlic, cloves separated, peeled and cut into slivers
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped or broken into pieces (I used Ghirardelli)
- 2 8-oz rounds ripe brie, at room temperature
- 2 pints of strawberries (I used Driscoll's)
- 1 baguettte, sliced thin
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a small ovenproof pan or skillet. Add the garlic, shake the pan to distribute evenly and then sprinkle the sugar on top. Roast in the oven until the garlic is completely tender, about 20 minutes.
- Place the rounds of brie on a large serving platter. Heat the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering, not boiling water, for about 2 minutes or until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and fold in the garlic.
- Pour the mixture over both rounds of brie. Arrange the strawberries and baguette slices on the platter and serve immediately.
- I just used one round of brie, so I cut the ingredients in half.