The simplest BBQ snack ever
So with Easter out of the way, it is time to remove the cover from your BBQ and get it ready for its first outing of the summer season.
Now you may be feeling a little rusty after a winter of oven-cooked ensopado de borrego (lamb stew), coelho com vinho tinto (rabbit in red wine) or other fabulous Portuguese comfort food, and could be forgiven thinking that you might have forgotten how to BBQ.
So to start you off nice and gently for the season, with a great simple BBQ snack or starter which looks great and tastes even better – baked Camembert with garlic bread dippers.
All you need to do here is buy a nice round of Camembert in its box from the supermarket, unwarp it from its plastic wrapper, put it back in its box, and with a sharp knife make incisions in the top of the cheese. Get two or three garlic cloves, cut them into quarters, and insert the pieces into the incisions you have made. If you have some rosemary growing in the garden, cut off a couple of sprigs and insert these into the top of the cheese as well.
Then by either pushing your charcoal to one side of the BBQ or putting on one burner of your BBQ, place your prepared cheese on the other side, away from the direct heat, replace the lid and let the BBQ act as an oven. The cheese should be left for about 15 minutes or until it is nice and soft.
Whilst this is cooking, get some great rustic bread and cut into 1cm thick slices, put some good extra virgin oil in a bowl, chop up some further garlic cloves, and put them into the olive oil and add some black pepper. Get a food brush and coat the slices of bread generously with the oil / garlic mixture. About five minutes before the cheese is done, put the bread over the charcoal or the lit gas burner and grill for about two minutes a side.
After 15 minutes you should have a very tasty and gooey cheese, so remove it from the heat. Then take the crispy garlic bread and slice it and cut it into 3cm strips. You are ready now to dip these into the molten cheesey loveliness …a few calories in this recipe but OMG well worth it. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 4 people
1 or 2 Rounds of Camembert
4 to 6 garlic cloves
Sprigs of rosemary
4 slices of rustic bread or pão caseiro
Extra virgin olive oil
By Chris Winstanley
Chris Winstanley owns outdoor living store Moveison, near Lagos