“This recipe for baked cheese is so simple and so perfect,” Christine Flynn writes in her new cookbook, A Generous Meal. You know how we feel about fromage, so yeah, we happen to agree. It’s simple yet satisfying, kitschy yet elegant and comes together in less than 30 minutes.
“There is nothing extra here,” she explains. “You will find only hot, oozy—and just a touch boozy—cheese. In a nod to the 1970s-era kitsch within which this dish was likely conceived, I like to serve it in the little wooden box the cheese comes in.”
Flynn recommends Époisses here, which is a particularly pungent, washed-rind, cows-milk cheese you can find at most specialty cheese shops, but a decent-quality Camembert or Brie will be fine as well. “Baked cheese is not here to be fancy,” she continues, “but it will steal the show, and it will, without a doubt, be replicated by all your friends in due course because, honestly, what’s not to love?”
Excerpted from A Generous Meal by Christine Flynn. Copyright © 2023 Christine Flynn. Photographs by Suech and Beck. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.