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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Of Brie Cheese And White Chili..



A month or so back, Doggy Bloggy put me on to get a chance at some free cheese... Two of my favorite words are "free" and "cheese"! I sent away for it and received a package of ILE de France brand Brie cheese. Brie is a delightful soft cheese, with a slight mushroomy flavor and scent...
This company was running a recipe contest using ILE de France cheeses... At the coaxing of DogB, I made up a recipe, took a photo of the dish, and sent it in.. To describe what I made really won't take very long, as it isn't complicated to make!
1. 16oz. of ILE de France Brie (room temp), scooped out of outside rind, placed in bowl.
2. Fry (6) thin, lean bacon strips until you can crumble it after cooling.
3. Take one large Portobello mushroom, clean and trim outside edge, then carefully scrape brown underside of mushroom until it is one trimmed clean piece.
4. Mince the mushroom into small bits, saute in rendered bacon fat, until almost dry. Drain and pat dry mushroom pieces.
5. Add the crumbled bacon, minced mushroom to cheese, mixing by hand thoroughly.
6. Place in serving dish, top with freshly chopped chives.
7. Serve with fresh, tart apple slices, or an herb flavored hard bread..

We were in a chili cook-off today- during a rather cold thunderstorm... The awning protected us from the rain, but when the wind gusted, not so well! My wife and I made our white chili, which has never lost at that contest. We didn't win, mainly because they weren't going to let the same team win 3 years in a row- but compliments abounded! It was some of the worst weather I've ever cooked in!

36 comments:

doggybloggy said...

buff this looks dang good...the bacon the apple it sounds delicious....sorry if I twisted your arm.....

snowelf said...

((I'm not sorry you twisted his arm, DoggyB--that looks delicious!))

UncleBuf, way to go! What fabulous sounding snackage.

--snow

Chris said...

Feel for you, BD, but I am not going to trade your rainy weather for the great, unseasonably warm high 80's we had today in East TN :)

And I feel ya on moving an Egg. That's why I keep my offset and my charcoal grill:)

Just telling it like it is said...

I love the words free, cheese and bacon...Have you heard of that new bacon mayo?

Hit 40 said...

Yummy as always!!!

I love apples sliced thin on a cheese board.

I hope your weather warms up! Ohio is great! And the buckeyes were looking good in their spring game this weekend. Ready to kick some more Michigan booty this fall :-)

Chef E said...

I am with Darn girl- bacon, cheese and free...that white chili recipe you have there looks darn girl good!

Gosh, now we have 89 degree weather tonight, and its hot in the office up stairs, even my class room this week was warm...

MarmiteToasty said...

We LOVE Brie and all cheese in this house, your looks LUVERLY, but note you used bacon again lol..... you will have to change all this is ever I get a chance to visit lmfao

Dam now I want chilli for dinner and not the sunday beef roast I have planned.....

Unfair that you didnt win just cos you have before.... I say GIVE YOU THE MEDAL.... tossers..

x

Angela in Europe said...

Sounds sinfully delicious!

Akelamalu said...

I absobloodylutely adore cheese and brie is one of my favourites! I like the sound of your brie recipe too.

How very dare they not let you win!

buffalodick said...

DogB- It's OK! I used as a palate clearing bite at the chili cook-off, and it was quite popular!
Snowniece- Hope you're feeling a little more chipper again!
Chris- This was a full blown thuderstorm, that came and went three separate times, each time getting colder...
Darngirl- senitive subject around here- been to store three times lately and forgot to pick up Mayo every time!
Hit40- My beloved Wolverines will be back! Just not this fall....
Chef- I haven't slapped so much as one mosquito yet...
Marmy- As I read once "The French make it, and the Brits eat and drink it"...
Angela- Quite rich, but the Gala apple slices were a good foil and contrast in texture..
Ake- We almmost didn't expect to win, as we had never lost there- it discourages other people from competing, and it is for charity...

Beth said...

this looks really good Buff...and you can never go wrong with free cheese and bacon. and dang! on that mexican pizza!!! I am so hungry now!

Jen said...

Sorry you didn't win. But that brie sounds delicious!!!

buffalodick said...

Beth- Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...
Jen- Brie was good- very rich though..

Mona said...

mmmm..I love cheese!

Sorry to hear about the weather, but it all sounds so adventurous, with you & mrs. Buf, cooking under an awning! :D

I would Love that! ( except the chill)

Chili in Chill, sounds great :)

buffalodick said...

Mona-All our heat in this version comes from the Jalepeno green chile pepper..

K said...

"free" and "cheese" would also get me all excited.

Glad the cook off went well even if the weather was rough.

buffalodick said...

K- Well I won't go into the details, but there were irregularities that will be discussed with the organizers..

G-Man said...

You are a winner in my book Buff!!

buffalodick said...

G-man- Thanks! The motorcycle crowd was there before the storm, ,but wern't ther for long!

Scarlet said...

Rain or shine, whatever you make sounds like a winner!

PS - I love baked brie w/ apple slices. I can't imagine how good it would taste with mushroom and bacon. OMG!! :)~

Kate said...

So I can get free cheese, where?

buffalodick said...

Scarlet- Brie with an enhanced mushroom/bacon flavor, and a little contrasting texture...still very rich, not light!
Kate- I don't know if the contest is still on, but the packing and shipping cost them more than the sample!

The Duo Dishes said...

Yes to the bacon in the brie! That is a winner for sure. How good would that be with apples...Yum!

Mona said...

Buf Buf! Does swine flu has anything to do with eating Bacon etc. Please don't eat it for sometime !

Marjie said...

And we had our first warm weekend in months! Sorry that your loss was our gain. I believe your craptastic weekend weather will reach us along about Wednesday. I'm glad you had fun at the chili cookoff in spite of the weather's best efforts to spoil it!

buffalodick said...

DD- I would tweak it a bit with either horseradish or something else tart to sharpen the flavor!
Mona- I'm a pig, therefore immune! Thanks for your concern! Another media created crisis that will not happen....
Margie- It was almost fun, but never quite made it!

Hit 40 said...

I even vote no on school tax levies. The damn board office can be ridiculous!!!

Just telling it like it is said...

Ohhhh sorry...I usually write things on my hand if I really really need to remember it...
Just a tip...

TavoLini said...

I do believe I would eat that (Tavo would grab the bacon) all day and all night ;)

I also signed up for that cheese...still waiting, but who knows? It could be aging nicely at our burned out (almost fixed) house.

Good recipe! Both of us love mushrooms.

Casdok said...

Cheese and chilli do it for me! And free cheese even better!!

buffalodick said...

40-It's kind of dumb the way they do school taxes. People with no kids vote no, and people with or had kids vote yes...
DarnG- I'd look like I owned a tattoo parlor...
Tavolini- You should like my next posting!
Casdok- After a contest we are "chilied" out!

KB said...

Do you write about anything other than food here? You are making me hungry.

buffalodick said...

KB- What subject would you like to discuss? I am not one-dimensional, believe me!

KB said...

Let's see, I have many topics in mind but I'll go easy on you for starters. How about some nice beverages to compliment your yummy food.

buffalodick said...

KB- You're back! Good! What would be your beverage choices?

KB said...

This comment was from ages ago. LOL!