Planked Grilled Brie with a Blueberry Mango Salsa – a Guest Post by The Black Peppercorn

What a great day I had today, I know your surprised….lol,  no seriously, the weather was picture perfect, and after a little bit of a slow start at work , I got everything organized, and we even had a Barbecue!  Burgers and Dogs were the lunch special, along with a do it yourself sundae bar, needless to say the girls were ecstatic!

Traffic wasn’t bad coming home and when I pulled up to the house I got another pleasant surprise, our lawn service came today and removed all of the winter debris and gave the lawn a trim, and I have to say the house looks great!   What a perfect day to spend some time outdoors, (we have a new front porch but no furniture for it yet, we need to get some soon so I can do my posts outside…sigh).  The only thing that could have made today better was if it was already Friday and we started the weekend!

Although it’s probably a pleasant surprise not to hear me complaining about the weather, that’s not why you stopped by today. Today is our favorite day of the week, the day I get to share my blog with one of my friends, It’s Guest Post Friday ( I always feel there should be balloons and confetti dropping from the sky)!!  Today it’s my great pleasure to introduce to you my friend Steve from The Black Peppercorn, and for those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of visiting The Black Peppercorn, you’re in for a treat today!   When you stop by Steve’s blog you’ll find so many delightful tasty treats that you won’t know where to start, from barbecue to angry birds, The Black Peppercorn’s  got it all!

So sit back, relax, put your feet up and if your so inclined why not open up a bottle of bubbly, it will go oh so well with today’s guest post, as I give you Steve and………..

The Black Peppercorn

My name is Steve and my blog is The Black Peppercorn. I started in the summer of 2011 with the desire to share some of my recipes with family and friends. Since that time it has become a true passion and I love to experiment, trying new cooking techniques and culinary traditions from around the world. My blog has a bit of everything, but my favourite food involves smoking and grilling. I like to make different spice rubs, sauces and dishes to liven up outdoor cooking.

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and three kids. When I am not cooking, you may find me spending time with my incredible family, playing RockBand or Settlers of Catan, or watching Fringe, Community or Warehouse 13.

I was so excited, a couple weeks ago, when I checked my email and there was an invitation from Chef Dennis to do a guest blog post. I was, and am, honoured to be asked to share a recipe on his blog. I have been blogging now for a little over half a year and in that time I have come to respect Chef Dennis for his culinary skills and his support to the foodie community. He is truly a valuable person among us food bloggers. So, I want to say thank you to Chef Dennis for all he does and for inviting me to share this recipe with you.

The weather has been incredible up here in Toronto. We have broken the record every day for the last 4 or 5 days. That has resulted in me having a constant desire at the grill. During the summer, I like to grill anything and everything including meat, veggies, pizza and even dessert. One grilling technique that has so much versatility is plank grilling. Plank grilling involves placing food on a presoaked wood plank which is then placed on the grill. The grill lid is closed essentially baking the food in the grill. The underside of the plank will begin to char and the smoke from the wood provides a mild smoky flavour to the food. Planking is a wonderful technique allowing some of the more delicate foods to be cooked on a grill.

This brie cheese recipe is the perfect example of plank grilling. Normally cheese could never be cooked on a grill but the plank provides a barrier between the flame and the cheese. The brie is perfectly melted and oozes out once cut. The cheese is topped with a fresh and fruity salsa of blueberries and mangos. The tang of lime juice and the kick of fresh jalapenos round out the flavour of this salsa. Try some gooey brie and salsa on a slice of a French baguette and you know how wonderful plank grilling truly is!


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Blueberry Mango Salsa on Brie
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • • 2 small brie wheels (about ½ pound each)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • ½ lime
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 French baguettes
  • 1 wood plank (cedar, oak or other type of wood)
Instructions
  1. Soak the plank for 1-2 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill to 350-400F.
  3. Peel and core the mango. Cut the mango into small pieces. Wash the blueberries and jalapeno pepper. Seed the jalapeno and dice it finely. Mix the mango, blueberries and jalapeno in a bowl with juice of the ½ lime and 2 tbsp of honey. Stir and set aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the plank from the water and shake off the excess water.
  5. Place the wheels of brie on the plank and top each with the blueberry mango salsa. Drizzle the remaining honey on top of the salsa.
  6. Place the plank on the grill and close the lid. Cook on the grill for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the plank from the grill and place on an object that cannot be burned (the wood may be charred on the bottom). Let the brie rest for about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve with sliced French baguettes.

 

Now that was simply amazing, the way that Brie just oozed onto that baguette……sigh,  who knew you could even grill Brie!!  But that salsa, that’s going on my the list to teach my girls, just brilliant!

So before you forget, please head on over to The Black Peppercorn and say hi to Steve, just don’t forget to tell him Chef Dennis sent you!   Spend some time while your there and look through his recipes.  I promise you’ll find more than a few you’ll want to add to your must make list, and If I ever find out what an angry bird is, I’m making that cake too!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you all have a  fantastic weekend!  If you can get out and enjoy this lovely  spring weather……maybe a picnic, how nice would that be!    Good food, good friends and the great outdoors!

Cheers!

Comments

  1. This is great. Love this post Steve, you are a wonderful blogger, so glad I’ve gotten to know you!

  2. I love this, Steve! Grilling is a go-to at my house during the summer too, but I can honestly say I’ve never even thought to grill brie. I feel like this is going to be the rockstar dish on a whole lot of Friday evenings spent on the patio with the neighbors. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much for inviting me to do a guest post! I love reading your posts and am honoured to be able to share a recipe with your readers!

  4. Wow! Love this idea Steve!

  5. So glad to meet Steve – I love plank grilled brie. (now that I know what it is :) )

    Off to check your site.

  6. Who everything about this says spring to me! We too did our first mow in the yard and it does make a world of difference. We did not have a lot a debris from winter, but there were varying big spurts of grass growth in areas.
    Also, Steve did bring one awesome recipe here! The fresh fruit in that picture does jump out at you-very eye catching. This does make for one tasty bite. Glad to see him guest posting here.
    Enjoy the spring weekend you two!

  7. It seems the weather is getting nice everywhere but here! Oh well. Great guest post! We love to grill to and I love trying to grill new things. I would have never thought of grilled Brie. That seems like a perfect combination of sweet and savory. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  8. This looks spectacular. I would happily eat this for breakfast today. I’m off to check out Steve’s site now. Have a fabulous weekend, Chef Dennis and enjoy that awesome weather!

  9. Hi Dennis:

    This sounds great! I love cheese and fruit together.

    Well lets face it. I love almost anything with fruit.

    I was thinking though, even a small one would be too big for me and my Mama (she lives with me now).

    So! For those who are single or a couple or watching portions.

    A few wedges put in a small cast iron frypan that could be put on the grill, and melted to perfection, put on the toasted bread (done of course on the grill) and topped with your fruit.

    Oh so good!

    If you wanted a slightly smokey flavour, some wet chips put in a tin foil pan beside it.

    Great with a good steak.

    God Bless!
    Charlie

  10. Steve:
    Sorry! first thing in the morning. Haven’t started to function yet.

    Great recipe as I said to Dennis.

    How’s the family?

    God Bless
    Charlie

  11. Very eye pleasing pictures & great recipe…….wish I could taste it.

  12. Holy mother of…this is unbelievable. I’m serving this at my next spring dinner party.

  13. This looks SO yummy! Great idea! BTW, Dennis, I just awarded you the “Versatile Blogger” award. Just FYI. Have a great weekend!

  14. Brie + blueberries + mango = amazing flavor combo. I just wish I had a grill, they are hard to come by in Manhattan!

  15. I just love a baked brie, and yours looks terrific, Steve! Chef Dennis, it’s always a delight to see who you have here on Fridays…another winner. Have a great weekend~

  16. wow, this looks so, so good. melty brie is my favorite. i am trying to do a dairy free thing lately, but man this makes me want to throw all caution to the wind. and that salsa? so creative! most people do cranberries, if they do anything at all. blueberry mango salsa. the whole thing looks incredible. five stars.

  17. Great guest post! Steve, this brie sounds delicious! I love this idea and I have never seen these fruits paired with brie before! So perfect for summer!

  18. Baked brie is so good. This looks delicious and I love that drippy bread photo. I can almost taste it…and certainly wish it was in front of me to be able to taste it.

  19. I love brie and I love grilling, so this is right up my alley. Thanks for the recipe, Steve, and thanks for introducing us to Steve, Chef Dennis!

  20. This is gorgeous!!! I love brie, like obsessed with brie!! And I love that pretty salsa on top!

  21. Oh man – I love baked brie, and the salsa looks amazing and like a wonderfully refreshing complement. Great recipe!

  22. Just when I thought brie couldn’t get any better. I can’t wait to try this. We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather as well and are grilling most nights. Nice to meet you Steve, I’m heading over to your site now!

  23. Hey, I didn’t realize Steve was from Toronto! My hometown, although I no longer live there. Great grilled brie recipe too!

  24. All I can say is WOW! This looks SO amazing! Amazing job Steve!

  25. I love Steve’s blog and this is one of a kind recipe. I usually bake Brie but looking at this recipe, mine looks too boring. I love that he has grilled it on a plank and topped it fresh fruit which looks so gorgeous. I really want to try this dish. Yummy!

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  1. [...] It is a great privilege to share a recipe on his site and I spent a great deal of time considering what I would post. I considered trying something new but in the end chose to stick with what I know and made something on the grill. So, if you are looking for an elegant appetizer, head on over to Chef Dennis’ blog and see my Blueberry Mango Salsa on Brie. [...]

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