I was so excited to be asked to help promote the new movie Burnt (starring Bradley Cooper) along with Castello Cheese, which is featured in the film. I have been a movie fan for as long as I can remember, literally. My first real movie memory is of my Mom freaking out because I fell off a swing or teeter-totter (can’t remember which it was) at the drive-in when I was about knee high and splitting a part of my face open (mouth I think). The fact that the drive-in is still my favourite place in the world proves that there was no lasting damage done.
As a pre-teen, it was all about the horror movies (hi Freddy and Jason!). Once I hit my teenage years I soaked up every musical that I could find (favourite is The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers). Early adulthood, before the kids, it with literally just every movie that came out. Bo and I would see a noon show, grab an early dinner, then see a second movie at 7pm on our Saturdays (clearly we were pretty wild back in our day).
Now though, if it’s not animated or a super hero, we’ve got to be a bit pickier. Babysitters for three kids aren’t the easiest thing to come by, mainly because we live with them, know how insane they can be at times, and feel bad asking others to put up with it. Every once in awhile though, a movie comes out that we just have to get to. Seeing as I’m a movie lover / food blogger, one about a bad boy Michelin starred Chef full of INCREDIBLE food porn isn’t something that I could pass up. You shouldn’t either. A word of warning though – make sure you have a dinner reservation somewhere after you watch Burnt, because you’re going to leave hungry.
Then, when it’s the day after, and you still can’t get all the delicious images of food (like the Castello Cheese you saw) out of your head, make my brie with roasted garlic and crostini. I did it quick and easy this time, because Oliver and I were itching for a snack. I’ve got some awesome ways for you to liven it up though, especially with the holidays coming.
Ways to Enhance your Roasted Garlic Brie
- Add some dried cranberries and walnuts along with the roasted garlic, to make it look more festive.
- Instead of using a brie baker, wrap the brie in puff pastry and bake until golden brown. You can still add some cranberries and walnuts. Even better, find a nice cranberry compote to spread over the top of the cheese, under the roasted garlic.
- Don’t just serve with crostini, make a nice mix of crackers for guests at your holiday parties, along with the toasts.
- If you want to do a really stunning platter for the holidays – bake the brie with only the roasted garlic inside the puff pastry. Serve it alongside the toasts and crackers, and then have a selection of additions for your guests to sample, like: cranberry compote, walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries, apple chutney, some sliced pears, a fig jam, and some good white wine to wash it all down.
Most importantly though, just enjoy it, like Oliver and I did.
The impatient little bugger wouldn’t stop clamouring for some, and finally just went for it while I was still taking pictures! Can’t blame him though, it smells sooo good, no one can resist!)
Just a few visuals for your crostini:
Slice your baguette very thinly.
Drizzle lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt, then bake at 400℉ until lightly crisp and toasted, about 10 minutes.
Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Castello Cheese in partnership with the movie Burnt and I have been compensated with product. All opinions and recipes in this post are my own.