What’s better than cheese? Fried cheese of course! Go ahead and make these for yourself or guests, you won’t be disappointed. If this is something you haven’t had before, you’ll be asking yourself why haven’t I tried these sooner. Be careful with melted Brie though because when melted it’s like molten lava. So, let them sit for a couple minutes before biting into one and yes, those two minutes will seem like ten.
FRIED BRIE WITH BLACKBERRY COMPOTE
Recipe by Mark Calaminici | Food Loves Company
300g or 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen blackberries
15 or 1 tbsp. white sugar
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of half a lemon
1g or ½ tsp. Cinnamon
Salt, to taste
Chili flakes, to taste
1 oz. Abruzzo Punch, or any preferred liquor
450g Brie, cut into 16 wedges
160g or 1 cup all purpose flour
Salt, to taste
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
5 eggs, whisked
300g or 4 cups Panko
Canola oil, for frying
1. Place the blackberries in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, salt, chili flakes and liquor if adding. Give everything a stir and let the berries break down and release their juices.
2. Once the berries are bubbling you can mash with a wooden spoon and continue to let everything break down. Continue to cook for about a total of 15-20 minutes. Once done, remove and pour into a bowl and let come to room temperature or place in the fridge. If you are worried that the compote seems to loose, it will thicken up as it cools.
3. Get the dredge and bread station ready. Place flour onto a plate and season with salt, freshly cracked pepper and mix. In a shallow bowl beat the eggs and in the last plate add the panko, season with salt and mix. Working one at a time dip Brie wedge in flour and dip into beaten eggs. Place in the panko until fully coated. Place back into the egg and cover and then back into the panko to get a second coating. Place Brie wedges on a sheet pan or rack and place in the freezer for one hour. This will help with the coating to stick and help the Brie from oozing out while frying.
4. Fill a frying pan on high heat with enough canola oil to cover half of the Brie wedge. Once the oil is hot, around 350 degrees place the wedges into the oil away from you. Fry for about 1-2 minutes per side, until browned and crispy. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel and season with a little flaky salt. Serve with compote and enjoy!