Decadent Baked Brie

I have a recipe for baked brie that is mind-blowingly delicious and ultra-decadent.

Here's what you need:

One 8 oz. wheel of brie

3-4 tablespoons of butter (oh yeah!)

5 FRESH garlic cloves, minced VERY fine (more or less to taste, if you like)

1/2 cup of sliced almonds (more or less to taste, if you like)

1 baguette, sliced into thin rounds

Here's how you prepare it:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line a pie plate with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Place brie wheel in the pie plate. Spread butter evenly over the top of the brie wheel, taking care not to puncture the rind. Sprinkle the minced garlic evenly over the top of the buttered brie wheel. Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the brie wheel, and sprinkle extra around the sides of the wheel.

Bake the brie wheel in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let sit for 10 minutes.

To serve, spread brie over baguette slices and enjoy.

I like to serve this with a nice, crisp white wine to counterbalance, but not compete with, the very strong flavors in the baked brie. I choose Kris' Pinot Grigio. But there are other options. As an alternative, try either a California Chardonnay or a Chianti.

Final note: Eat this with someone you love deeply, because you will both have garlic breath for the next 12 hours. But it's worth it!