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asparagusandcamembertA good baked camembert is delicious and runny just like a fondue without the messy pan. You don’t need to add anything to it, except whatever you choose to dip in it, and you can eat the whole thing. Serving it with the asparagus adds fun to a meal and produces a tasty snack or starter incorporating one of your 5 a day. We cooked ours on the BBQ however as the weather is temperamental I give the recipe cooked indoors.

Serves 4 - 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 x Camembert
  • 5 x asparagus spears per person
  • 1 x clove garlic crushed - optional
  • A little oil or butter

You will also need

  • A baking tray
  • Optional, a Camembert baker or small lidded casserole

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180c
  2. Mix the garlic with the oil or butter
  3. Spread the garlic oil/butter over the asparagus spears and leave to marinade for 30 mins
  4. Remove the camembert from its wax paper and replace it in the wooden box or Camembert Baker if you have one
  5. Bake the Camembert in the oven for 40 – 50 mins
  6. Cook the asparagus spears for 10 mins either under a preheated grill or in the oven on a baking tray, turn after 5 mins
  7. Remove all from the oven and place on a serving plate, remove the lid from the camembert and cut a cross in the top.

Serving suggestions and variations

  • If you dribble cheese on the table or your clothes, leave it to set and it will lift off easily
  • Baked camembert also tastes great with
    • mini new potatoes and Jacket Wedges
    • bread sticks
    • raw vegetable sticks  including carrot, courgette, broccoli, peppers and cucumber
  • In the unlikely event that you have any left over the cheese will remain soft once set. It tastes great on crackers after the meal or you can pop it in the refrigerator for another day

Acknowledgements

All the best food is discovered by accident, this happened quite by accident. John was cooking asparagus on the BBQ and we had a camembert in the refrigerator. He warmed the camembert in the BBQ whilst the asparagus was cooking, introduced one to the other and history was made. Yummy! If you own a Webber BBQ or similar lidded BBQ use the same cooking times but put the Camembert in a cool spot above the coals and BBQ the spears too, you'll get a slightly smoky flavour which improves the experience.

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