by Kita of Pass the Sushi
The holidays are a busy time of year, filled with fun, family and festivities. However, between all the hustle and bustle, it is also a perfect time to reconnect with your significant other and enjoy the holiday season together. Sitting back in the comfort of your own space and remembering why you love your partner’s company is an often-overlooked special occasion.
For a fraction of the cost you’d normally spend when dining out, start off date night at home with a baked Wisconsin brie, crackers and a bottle of full-bodied Pinot noir. When warmed through, bloomy-rind brie has a wonderful transitioning moment in texture and flavor. The white rind is soft and earthy while the gooey insides are creamier with a hint of sweetness. And the buttery flavors of brie balance the rich taste of the wine.
I make baked brie in a baking set created specifically for making a baked brie round, but you can also bake the cheese using any oven-safe dish. If you’re making the brie as an appetizer, you could add a savory onion jam on top before baking or find a sweet jelly if serving for a dessert.
The next time a busy family schedule or a tight budget threatens to cancel date night during the holidays, take a moment, put complex dinners on the back burner and let Cheese Cupid match your drink or cheese of choice with a wonderful pairing for a relaxed evening at home. These little celebrations are always memorable, and I have a feeling a delicious pairing of wine and cheese may have something to do with it.
Cheese Cupid Giveaway: $25 worth of Wisconsin Cheese & a Brie Baking Set!
Kita paired her baked brie with a Pinot noir – what drink would you pair with brie? Here’s your chance to make your own pairing at home with our giveaway of $25 of Wisconsin Cheese and your own brie baking set, like the one pictured above. To enter, visit the Cheese Cupid Facebook page and leave a comment telling us 1.) which drink you would pick from the Cheese Cupid Pairing Tool to pair with Wisconsin brie, and 2.) who will you share your pairing with if you win!
Full Contest Details:
How to Enter:
The giveaway is open for entry from Dec. 14 through Dec. 20, 2014.
- Visit the Cheese Cupid Facebook page
- Leave a comment on the post featuring the pairing above that includes:
- Which drink from the Cheese Cupid Pairing tool you would pair with Wisconsin brie
- The name of a friend you would share the prize with if you won
- Entrants must be U.S. residents aged 21 or older.
- Entries are limited to one per household.
- One entry will be chosen at random as the winner.
- Entry period ends Saturday, Dec. 20, after 11:59 p.m. Eastern standard time.
The winner will be announced within the same Facebook post on Dec. 22, 2014.