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Feb 26, 2013 04:54 PM

Trader Joe's Unripened Brie, Feb. Spotlight Cheese, Uses?

I bought a small round of TJ's Unripened Brie a couple of weeks ago and aren't really sure what to do with it. I've never used brie in cooking and would like some ideas that involve things other than sliced on crackers, sandwiches and salads. It stated on their website that it would start producing a rind, which it has in a few areas. Also, the best by date is March 20th if that makes a difference. Any ideas Hounders?

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  1. I used some in a sort of gratin with grated potatoes, onion, and garlic. I cut up some of the brie, mixed it in - and baked the mix in a muffin tin. My cheese-loathing spouse ate two of them, finished off the leftovers flattened and sauteed, and has asked several times when we'll make 'em again.

    [This was based on a Rachel Khoo recipe that called for Reblochon cheese.]

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    1. re: nikkihwood

      That sounds great! Thank you Nikki!

    2. I ate mine out of hand on various crackers.

      I thought it would make a great addition to a traditional cheesecake though.

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        1. re: TXMandy

          I stopped by my local TJ's last night hoping to find a round or two left from last month.

          (To make a cheesecake!)

          Not only did I NOT find the brie, but this month's spotlighted cheese is some nasty, fake green mess in honor of St. Pat's.

          Why would they do that?

          1. re: DoobieWah

            I saw that too Doobie. Nothing about it appealed to me. That Brie is still sitting in my fridge waiting to be opened.

      1. My sister hit up the Princeton TJ location yesterday to stock up on wine. I told her to buy me several of the unripened bries but they were out of stock. I hope it is just temporary because I am obsessed with that cheese.