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Campfire cooking with the authors of cookbook 'Dirty Gourmet'

Go gourmet in the great outdoors: baked brie you can make at your campsite. #k5evening

Salt Water State Park, Wash. — Disclaimer: This episode is an encore presentation of KING 5's Evening.

You may never eat ramen, hot dogs, or protein bars while camping again once you get your hands on this book.

Mai-Yan Kwan and Emily Nielson, who co-created the Dirty Gourmet cookbook with Aimee Trudeau, whipped up some Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers and Campfire Baked Brie at Salt Water State Park using nothing but a cast iron pan and a hot fire. Their recipes use real ingredients for delicious car camping and backpacking meals.

Credit: Dirty Gourmet
The Cover of Dirty Gourmet, by Aimee Trudeau, Emily Nielson, and May-yan Kwan.

Kwan and Nielson share a recipe for a quick, easy appetizer that campground guests are sure to love.

Campfire Baked Brie

  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel of Brie
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

For Serving: Buttery crackers

Place the wheel of cheese in a cast-iron skillet. Set the skillet on the grate of your campfire and heat over medium heat. The bottom of the cheese wheel will begin to soften faster than the top. When it starts to sizzle out in the skillet, after about 5 minutes, flip the wheel. Add pecans alongside the cheese and let them toast, being careful not to burn them. After about 3 minutes, the whole wheel should have softened and the pecans will have toasted. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Leaving the Brie in the skillet to keep it warm, cut an X in the center, and sprinkle the brown sugar inside. With a small spoon, scoop up the pecans and add them into the slit. Serve right out of the skillet alongside some buttery crackers, reminding people to be careful not to burn themselves.

Disclaimer: This episode is an encore presentation of KING 5's Evening.

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