Meatless Monday: Brie & Strawberry Ginger Crisps
I came home from my trip to Kenny’s Farm last week with a bag full of cheeses, one of which was the divine Awe Brie. I’ve always liked brie, but this one was different. This went well beyond liking. I quite literally didn’t want to stop eating it. In two days’ time, I alone polished off the entire 8 ounce wheel.
Just so you know, I don’t typically sit around eating entire wheels of cheese. A nibble here and there perhaps, but normally it would take me at least a week to finish off that amount.
What was different about this brie? I couldn’t quite put a finger on exactly what was luring me in, but with a little research, I found this article. Perhaps the fact that it’s a raw milk brie, which is very rare in the U.S., is what I’m drawn to. All I know for sure is that it’s like buttah, and I was happy just eating slices of it sans any cracker, topping or extras.
But as I was standing at my kitchen counter savoring yet another naked nibble, I spotted my box of Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Cookie Thins. Light bulb! The soft, creamy brie layered on the thin, crispy ginger cookie then topped with a slice of strawberry made for an insanely delightful little bite.
Part of the beauty of the crisps is that they can be put together in mere minutes. When I throw a party I try to choose recipes with varying degrees of complication, and this would definitely be one that would rank on the Super Easy end of the spectrum.
How cute would these be for a baby shower, bridal shower, or tea? Don’t get completely lost in the cuteness though and save them only for a special occasion, because they’re so good you should also stand at your kitchen counter eating them on any old Monday, just like I did.
Brie & Strawberry Triple Ginger Crisps
Makes 24-28 appetizer portions.
8-10 large strawberries, washed and capped
8 oz wheel of Kenny's Farmhouse Awe Brie
Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Cookie Thins
First, slice strawberries, setting aside bottom tips* (you'll want to only use the widest, flat pieces).
Quarter the wheel of brie. Cut quarters into thin slices (each quarter should yield approximately 6-7 small slices). Arrange Triple Ginger Cookie Thins on a serving platter. Top cookie thins with 1 slice of brie. Top brie with 1 strawberry slice. Serve!
*Save the strawberry tips to snack on, add to cereal, etc.
While I would normally say you can use any high quality substitutions for ingredients in place of those I’ve used, I can’t really say that this time. Since I’m falling all over myself for this cheese, I’m hesitant to recommend anything else, but you can be the judge. As for the ginger crisps, these have the perfect bite and crunch factor, so again, I wouldn’t want to tell you that you could use a gingersnap because I just don’t think it’d be the same. If you don’t live where you can get these products though, by all means, give it a shot and report back!