Camembert with Pistachio Crust

Camembert with Pistachio Crust (Wendy Goodfriend)

"I have always enjoyed a good Camembert, especially the raw-milk varieties from France. To make this version a bit more elegant, I moisten the cheese with honey, cover it with chopped pistachios, and serve it garnished with dried cranberries." --Jacques Pépin

Recipe: Camembert with Pistachio Crust

Serves 4 to 6

    Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1 Camembert cheese round (about 9 ounces), preferably from France and made with raw milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Crackers, for serving
    Instructions:
  1. Process the nuts in a food processor until pulverized but not ground into a powder—small pieces of nuts should still be visible.
  2. Unwrap the cheese. If you object to the crust, you can scrape it lightly; I leave it on. Brush the top and sides of the cheese with the honey. Sprinkle a layer of nuts on top of the Camembert and, holding the cheese round in one hand, pat more nuts around the sides with the other hand, pressing lightly on the nuts so they stick.
  3. Put the remaining nuts in the center of a serving platter and place the cheese on top. Sprinkle the cranberries around the cheese and serve at room temperature, with crackers.

Recipes from Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin. Copyright © 2015 by Jacques Pépin. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.