During the Christmas period we had a couple of evenings with friends around for food, drink and general merriment! Chris had spotted a recipe online he wanted to try and these evenings gave us the perfect opportunity to try out the recipe.
What you need:
A fresh uncut loaf
A round of Camembert
Smoked bacon lardons
A baking tray
Sharp bread knife
Pastry brush or spoon
Firstly you will need to cut the loaf diagonally in both directions, make sure you only go 2/3's of the way through so it doesn't fall to pieces.
Slice the cheese into small bits and push a piece of this into each of the slits in the bread.
Then you need to mix the oil, oregano and garlic in the dish and set this aside for later.
Next, heat a frying pan and cook the bacon lardons until they are crispy. Then sprinkle these over the loaf, pushing them down into the slits with the cheese.
Lastly, drizzle the oil and herb mixture over the loaf and then bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven (170C/325F/Gas Mark 3) or until the cheese has melted, make sure you don't leave it too long or the bread will burn!
Then serve, we had it as part of a hot and cold buffet but I think it would be lovely with a marinara sauce as a share and tear starter.
You could experiment with the type of cheese you use, or by adding chorizo or perhaps some pesto in the drizzle. Looking forward to trying a few different flavours with this!