Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bourbon Peach Chutney with Brie on Crostini

For the appetizer portion of my Bourbon dinner, I immediately thought of doing some type of fruit chutney sauteed with Bourbon. I find that most liquor has a certain sweetness that pairs well with fruit, you just have to find the right combination. Old Grand-Dad 114 is strong flavored Bourbon, the alcohol has a great presence, so it seemed like a good option for cooking. This chutney is delicious now with fresh peaches coming in season, but  can also be made with frozen peaches. The jalapeño adds a nice bite, and the Brie cools down the dish and gives it a creamy taste.  

Bourbon Peach Chutney with Brie on Crostini
Makes 12 pieces

1 loaf of grainy wheat French bread
1 8 oz. wheel of Brie
1 batch of peach chutney, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 400*
Slice bread on an angle into 12 pieces.
Lay on a sheet pan and place in the oven for 4-5 minutes, until toasted.
Slice Brie into 12 pieces, discarding rind.
Flip bread, top each slice with a piece of Brie.
Place back in the oven and cook for another 4 minutes or until cheese is melted to desired.
Top each slice of bread with a heaping tbsp. of chutney and serve. 

Bourbon Peach Chutney

1 tbsp. EVOO
2 shallots, finely diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
3 large, firm peaches, blanched, skinned and diced
1/4 c. turbinado sugar
1/4 c. Old Grand-Dad 114 KY Straight Bourbon
1/3 c. Cider vinegar
Salt and white pepper, to taste

Heat a large saute' pan over medium heat.
Add EVOO, shallots and jalapeño, season with salt. 
Cook for 2-3 minutes, until tender.
Add peaches, cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add sugar, stir to combine, then deglaze pan with Bourbon.
Turn heat to low, add vinegar and allow Bourbon and vinegar to reduce, about 5-10 minutes.
When chutney is thickened, taste and adjust seasonings, remove from heat and serve warm or refrigerate until using. 


Natalie said...

what a unique dish! I love this appetizer idea! my friend is actually having a "bourbon" party in a few weeks and I'm going to suggest this to her :)

Kelly said...

This sounds like the perfect combo of sweet and heat. How versatile! I bet it would be great on ham as well or paired with goat cheese.

Joanne said...

Forget crostini! I'm turning this into a full-fledged sandwich. Love that chutney.

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