Warm Camembert with Wild Mushroom Fricassee


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Warm Camembert with Wild Mushroom Fricassee
Photo: © Frances Janisch
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces

  • One 8-ounce wheel of ripe Camembert in its wooden box, at room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil

  • 3/4 pound wild mushrooms, trimmed, caps thinly sliced

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 large sage leaves, minced

  • Sourdough toasts, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnut pieces on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned. Lower the oven temperature to 300°.

  2. Remove the Camembert from the box and unwrap it. Put the cheese back in the bottom half of the box and set it on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, until soft.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the walnut oil. Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 minutes longer. Add the shallot and cook until softened, 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley and sage; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Invert the Camembert onto a platter. Stir the walnuts into the mushrooms and spoon over the cheese. Serve with the toasts.

Suggested Pairing

A light, fruit-driven red from France's Burgundy region.

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