Difficulty - Easy
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These savory polenta toasts, topped with creamy thyme-scented mushrooms, make an ideal hors d’oeuvre for any holiday party. They also make a very elegant first course. And best of all, if you use prepared polenta, the entire dish can be made from start to finish in less than 20 minutes.

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Sweet caramelized onions and buttery-rich Ile de France® Le Brie combine to create the perfect French version of an Italian favorite. Make these just before guests arrive, and start your party off on a delicious note.

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Brie is an extremely rich cheese. It pairs beautifully with sun-dried cherries, cranberries, apricots or raisins, as the intense tart flavor of the fruit counteracts the cheese’s richness. For an extra crunch and buttery, nutty flavor, add a selection of toasted nuts.
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Fruit, nuts, and cheese make a classic combination, particularly when the cheese is a flavorful Ile de France Brie. With this recipe, we take paper-thin slices of a tart, crunchy apple and top it with the creamy Brie and a delicious mixture of lavender-flavored honey and chopped toasted walnuts. Serve these tantalizing apple treats with salads, as an appetizer, or a satisfying snack.

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In bistros and backyards all over France, gorgeous platters of charcuterie --seasoned, smoked or aged meats and sausages -- are served with an assortment of country and peasant breads, pickles, and, of course, Gourmet cheeses. For a casual gathering of friends and family, this is the perfect way to whet their appetites. Here is our version, celebrating the great flavors of France.
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Brie lovers will flip for this super cheesy burger. Brie is added to the ground meat mixture, grilled and then topped with another slice of brie. Serve with crusty bread or baguettes and a tomato, red onion and avocado salad.

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Those famous beef, onion, and pepper sandwiches that Philadelphia is famous for translate beautifully when you add thin slices of creamy Brie to the sautéed beef and vegetables. Layer the ingredients on a hero or bulky roll and you've got the makings of a truly great sandwich. The beef and vegetables can be made ahead of time, but assemble the sandwiches at the last minute for the best results. Serve with ice cold beer.
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Brie and tomatoes are a winning combination. In this simple, addictive dish, thick slices of crusty bread are smothered with fruity olive oil, topped with sweet, juicy, ripe tomato and topped with thin slices of creamy Brie. The toast is grilled until the tomato just begins to soften and the cheese melts on top. Serve tomato toast for breakfast (with eggs and strong coffee); for lunch, accompanied by a green salad; or as an hors d’oeuvre or first course.