|Camembert Fondue with Truffle Essence
Executive chef David Burke uses the term fondue freely, in this case applying it to a truffle-flavored cream sauce served with a slice of Camembert.
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon white truffle oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
4 ounces Camembert at room temperature
fresh pear slices
crusty raisin-bread slices
In a 1-quart heavy saucepan cook shallot in unsalted butter, covered, over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add cream and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to about 2/3 cup. Remove pan from heat and stir in truffle butter or oil until incorporated. Season sauce with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chives.
Cut Camembert into 4 pieces and arrange on 4 plates. Divide warm sauce among plates, spooning it on either side of cheese. Arrange pear slices, grapes, and walnuts around cheese and serve bread on the side.
*available at some specialty food shops
Makes 4 servings.
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