Camembert is a ripened cow’s milk cheese that has a similar texture to Brie (another cheese that can be used in this dish.

We love the way the rich flavor and texture of the Camembert is balanced with the slightly sweet yet tart acidity of red currant or extra black currant preserves. German preserves are of exceptional quality and have a fresh, fruity flavor. You could use any brand and experiment with the flavors of your choice, such as a raspberry-red currant blend, black cherry, or any other sweet-tart jam.

Camembert often comes in 4.5-ounce rounds, and you could serve one round per guest, or slice each round into wedges. Topped with a dollop of the preserves and a bit of parsley, these also make the ideal finger food for a dinner party or cocktail reception. Simply cut the round into wedges before breading and then proceed with the recipe. It’s also an excellent choice for special occasion brunches such as Mother’s Day or Graduations.

Baked Camembert with Red Currant Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 rounds Camembert cheese 4.5 ounces each
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces German red currant preserves
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place the flour in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, whip the eggs and milk to create an eggwash. Place the bread crumbs in a third shallow dish.
  • Dredge the first round of Camembert in the flour and make certain it's completely coated.
  • Remove the Camembert and tap off all excess flour.
  • Place the floured round into the eggwash. Completely cover it with egg.
  • Remove the Camembert from the eggwash, gently shaking it to remove any excess, and place it in the bowl containing the breadcrumbs.
  • Completely cover the round in breadcrumbs and then remove it from the dish, tapping the cheese to remove all excess breadcrumbs.
  • Repeat the process with the round so that it is double-breaded, and then repeat the entire process with the remaining rounds of Camembert.
  • Place the breaded rounds in the refrigerator while you prepare the pan for sautéing. It is important that you move quickly, as you do not want the breadcrumbs to get soggy.
  • Melt the olive oil and butter in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Remove the first Camembert round from the refrigerator and place it in the hot sauté pan.
  • Sauté it on each side until light golden brown, about 1 minute each side. Repeat the process with the remaining rounds.
  • Place the rounds into your preheated oven and cook until the Camembert softens, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the preserves in a medium sauté pan and warm over high heat.
  • Place a round on each serving plate. Spoon the warmed preserves onto the plate next to the baked Camembert.
  • Garnish the top of each with parsley and serve immediately.

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