What cheese can substitute for brie as a baked appetizer for 100 person buffet?

Usually I bake a wheel of St. Andre and top with a blueberry agrodolce. The dairy no longer carries St. Andre.
Would this work with a Morbier?

  • Posted by: mimi
  • January 23, 2016
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Sarah E Daniels
Sarah E Daniels January 23, 2016

I have never eaten Morbier cheese, but I'm willing to bet any cheese with a thicker (but still edible) rind and an inside that's soft but not runny would work fine (ex Camembert, Chaource, Teleme, or Coulommiers).

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702551 January 23, 2016

Camembert would be the closest readily available commercial cheese. They are both from Normandy.

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy January 23, 2016

It will work, but Morbier does not taste like St. Andre... The taste is sharper and I am not sure it will play the same way with your agrodolce. What other cheeses do they carry? Camembert will work, and you could even venture to Italy, cow's milk robiola comes to mind.

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Nancy
Nancy January 24, 2016

or possibly Reblochon (alps) or Explorateur cheeses.

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702551 January 23, 2016

Personally, I don't think Morbier nor Robiola have any close resemblance to St. Andre in flavor.

Camembert is the closest readily available cheese that resembles Brie's flavor profile and physical characteristics.

My guess is that your dairy no longer stocks St. Andre because of poor sales, but it is available to them by special order. Since you are ordering for a large party, you might be able to place that special order. St. Andre is generally more expensive than Brie/Camembert, but assuming you don't particularly care about the budget line item, I'd say go for it.

Morbier is not a bargain cheese. Brie/Camembert can be found at various price levels based on producers, etc.

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amysarah
amysarah January 24, 2016

I don't think Morbier would be your best bet as a sub for baked Brie, in terms of flavor or texture (though I'm quite fond of it - it was my mother's favorite.) It's a semi-soft cheese with a lower fat content, not a soft-ripened cheese with a chalky white rind, like Brie. (Also not sure how attractive its distinctive ash "stripe" would look baked.)

As others have said, Camembert would be an easy to find alternative, and there are other similar French cheeses as well - e.g., I often see Coulommiers where I live. If you have a good local cheese shop, I'd ask them what they recommend from their selection.

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SMSF January 25, 2016

Mimi, this doesn't really answer your question, but if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they do a high volume in St. Andre and should be able to source whole wheels for you. Their price is the best I've ever seen, too $9.99/lb.

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Jona @AssortedBites
Jona @AssortedBites February 6, 2016

Camembert the way to go, and of course it's amazing baked

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN February 6, 2016

Watch out! Yesterday I was working my way through a Camembert(stronger than Brie, Mushroomy profile, LOVE the stuff) and I took a sip of soda water that I had added fresh lime to. OMG!! Worst thing I ever tasted! So I'm urging caution with your Agro Dolce idea and the Vinegar that makes it Agro. Maybe use another topping- chopped toasted almonds or hazelnuts maybe?

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702551 February 6, 2016

Why would anyone expect lime-flavored water to go with Camembert?

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN February 7, 2016

cv, more importantly, why do you think smarmy comments like this- are helpful on a hotline?

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