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Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam

Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam – yum!  Bake brie is such a crowd pleaser for any gathering.  And Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam should be at the top of your list for this Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s so easy to make and you can make part of it ahead of time – the balsamic onions – and just store them in the fridge until needed.  They will save for a few days even.

I made my own balsamic onions but I recently saw that our Trader Joe’s was selling a jarred version.  I haven’t tried them but in a pinch you could try substituting that to make this recipe even faster and easier.  Then just mix the fig jam into it.  If you are making your own onions then just heat about a tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet and add the sliced onions to the pan in an even layer.  Add the sugar to the onions to help them caramelize and then towards the end of the cooking add in the balsamic vinegar and the salt and pepper.  You want the balsamic to absorb into the onions in this case so just a minute or two on the heat should be good.  They should look like this at this point.

Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam

Balsamic Onions

Then remove from the heat and let it cool slightly on the cutting board and roughly chop.  This just makes it easier to manage when taking an hooey gooey bite later.  Mix in the fig jam and your mixture is ready to go.  You can refrigerate at this point or just place the mixture on top of the wheel of brie on an oven proof plate and put it into a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  For my oven 25 was perfect.  Top with a glazed nut mixture (like pecan or walnut) right before serving and serve it hot from the oven.  I found some fresh figs at the market and used them on the plate to add some color and a touch of freshness.  Depending on where you live these might be tough to come by in late November.

Baked Brie, Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam

Fresh Figs

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Baked Bried with Balsamic Onions & Fig Jam

Prep Time: 20 mins
Bake Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4 -6 people

Ingredients

  • ½ large yellow sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fig jam
  • 1/3 candied pecans or walnuts
  • 1 -8 oz. wheel brie cheese
  • 3 or 4 Fresh figs, sliced

Method

  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat add the olive oil or canola oil and in the onions in a single layer. Then turn the heat down to medium low. Sprinkle the sugar over the onions and cook until carmelized and deep golden brown. Add the baslamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Cook until the balsamic vinegar is just absorbed - about 2-3 minutes longer
  2. Remove mixture and place on the cutting board to cool. Add in the fig jam and stir to combine. Refrigerate or set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the wheel of brie on an oven proof platter. Place the topping on the brie. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Top with chopped nuts and slice the fresh figs and place on the platter. Serve hot with crackers or bread.

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