One of the nifty things about this blog is that I get all kinds of SUGGESTIONS. Some are actual recipes (like the chocolate chip cheese ball! whoo-hoo!!), some are for cookbooks or websites or restaurants I should try. Some are requests for dishes calling for specific ingredients (bacon), or requests that I not use specific ingredients (bacon). Note to this last group of requesters: you have no shot. Zero. Sorry. I love you but I have my standards to uphold.
Anyway, one of my good friends (let’s call him the Narnian) has been telling me for a while that I really should try some of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. I didn’t know much about Jamie other than the fact that he goes by the name “The Naked Chef,” which was slightly alarming until I realized that meant he is a big proponent of using non-processed ingredients. He is also on a mission to get the United Kingdom to cook and eat healthier, which I dearly hope does not knock out scones with clotted cream and jam, which is my absolute favorite part of going to the UK.
Anyway, I finally checked out Mr. Oliver, and ran across this recipe, which has instantly become one of my favorites. It’s a nice easy one that is basically a super-charged version of macaroni and cheese, only this time the cheese is Camembert that has been baked with fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil until it is soft and creamy and you want to weep with happiness.
Need I say more? So with thanks to the Narnian, I am now a Jamie Oliver convert. Except…I wonder how he feels about bacon?
Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe