Friday, May 14, 2010

Brie and Crispy Bread Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Brie and bread salad

I’m trying to think if there is anything I like more than cheese.  Hmmmm.  Let me think…let’s see….  Nope!  Seriously, cheese is all that and then some.  I could have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other snack times in between.

So, when Marcus from Ille de France Cheese contacted me and asked if I’d like some free cheese.  I thought it was a trap, a trick question.  I mean who doesn’t want free cheese?  But I nonchalantly replied, “Oh, okay” so that he wouldn’t think I was some sort of cheese pig.  Then I got to pick my cheese.  Oh my, the choices.  My head spun and the little synapses in my brain just darted from cheese to cheese like some sort of weird cheese pinball game.  So, I settled on Brie.  Always pleasing and so accommodating.  

Yummy

Then, with my pleasing and accommodating cheese, I went to Donna Hay.  Did a quick search on Brie and found Brie and Crispy Bread Salad with Cranberry Dressing.   And in that wonderful, karma, all’s right in cooking land sort of way, I had everything I needed to make the recipe.  Not only did I have everything, but I had some just going stale bread that I had to absolutely use up that day!! 

Brie and Crispy Bread Salad with Cranberry Dressing

  • 2 pieces flat bread
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 250g brie, sliced
  • 2 cups wild rocket (arugula) leaves or baby spinach
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • To make the dressing, combine the cranberries, olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper in a bowl.

    Preheat the oven to 400.  Brush the bread with the oil, bake on a baking sheet for 4-5 minutes until it’s golden and crispy.  Allow the bread to cool, and then break into bite sized pieces.  Divide the brie, spinach (or arugula) and bread between the plates and drizzle with the dressing.

    Serves 4


      

    This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

    31 comments:

    wyo said...

    You love cheese, too? How much more awesome could you possibly be?

    Chanel11 said...

    I too love the cheese - and I have made that recipe before and it was very tasty

    chellebelle said...

    So how was the Brie?

    Pam said...

    wyo - I adore cheese!

    chanel11 - I've made this recipe twice, it is a perfect lunch!

    chelle - it was wonderful! Creamy and flavorful, perfect!

    Joy said...

    Bacon is sad because it thought you loved it best.

    Mags said...

    Cheese... in any way shape or form equals YUM.

    I can still remember the embarassment of checking out at the grocery story years ago and having the clerk ask me if I had a cheese problem.

    ButterYum said...

    Mmmm... I seem to have all the ingredients on hand to make this yummy salad. Thanks for sharing.

    :)
    ButterYum

    tasteofbeirut said...

    Pam

    How wonderful; you are a cheese person and they offer you some! Love that salad too by the way! I could eat it by the gallons.

    Tangled Noodle said...

    Where you were able to muster nonchalance at being offered free cheese, I would've been jumping up and down, squealing "Yes, please!" Brie was a great choice and this was a great recipe to make use of it. 8-)

    Amy said...

    You had me at Brie.

    Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

    Brie is one of my favorites... except on Desperate Housewives.

    Kim said...

    This looks fit for a queen! I love brie, great choice.

    June said...

    mmm fabulous salad! We're cheese lovers too - any kind, any time!

    shabby girl said...

    Oh my, sounds yummy! Free cheese? You must live right!
    I'm going in to heat up some homemade mac & cheese for breakfast!

    Big Dude said...

    I believe you are becoming the queen of fancy salads here lately - sounds very good.

    Marjie said...

    There was a thing in my paper last week about bread salads. I thought this was a little weird, but the cheese and other ingredients look wonderful to me! (Did I mention I don't care much for croutons?)

    Jacqueline said...

    Lucky you and mmmmmmmm, lovely salad. I do so love cheese :)

    buffalodick said...

    I got free Brie cheese from them also..I've since found a soft French cheese I like even better- Port Salut- More flavor, and not so runny...

    My Carolina Kitchen said...

    Who could refuse free cheese? Your salad is gorgeous. I enjoy the Donna Hay magazine I have. I would love to have one of her cookbooks. It's on the short list.
    Sam

    grace said...

    brie was a great choice, pam, obviously. i'm glad you did something a little different than the ol' brie-in-puff-pastry bit (not that that's not stellar). the dressing here is awesome!

    theUngourmet said...

    Free cheese. Oh my! What a lucky duck! You made a fabulous choice with this brie. I have been craving a salad like this one. Yum!

    Julie said...

    This looks so scrumptious, yummy!

    Betsy from Tennessee said...

    Hi Pam, I too love cheese... I could eat it all day long--but don't. Your Brie and Crispy Bread Salad with Cranberry Dressing sounds absolutely wonderful.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Mary said...

    This looks delicious. The brie was a perfect choice. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

    Joanne said...

    Anyone who says no to free cheese is not meant to be a food blogger. Cheese is the stuff that dreams are made of...

    This salad sounds amazing! It's almost like a baked brie with cranberry sauce...but in salad form!

    Terri and Bob said...

    Oh yeah. This looks scrumptious. I had grilled romaine a couple of nights ago and I highly recommend it. Sounds like something you'd like!

    Debinhawaii said...

    Free cheese and Donna Hay--life is good! This salad looks amazing. Finally finished my Ile de France giant cheese wedge too. ;-)

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    Baked brie with cranberry and basil is a holiday tradition around here. Partly it's the color, but mostly it's the affinity brie and cranberries seem to have for each other.

    Cinnamon-Girl said...

    This is just my kind of salad! Brie and cranberries are a delicious combination. Love it.

    Erica said...

    I love brie cheese!!!The dressing sounds delicious.

    Mimi said...

    Can't go wrong with brie. Delicious looking salad.
    Mimi