Warm Vacherin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 whole (16-ounce) ripe Vacherin Mont d'Or cheese, at room temperature

1 tablespoon good dry white wine 

Fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper 

Good breads, thinly sliced and toasted 

1 jar cornichons with pickled onions 


  1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 to 9 inches below the heat.
  2. If the Vacherin box is stapled together, simply place it on a sheet pan. If the box is glued together, wrap a piece of aluminum foil tightly around the bottom and sides (not the top) before placing it on a sheet pan. (Yes, you will be broiling the cheese in the box.) With a small sharp knife, remove and discard the top rind of the cheese. Pour the white wine over the cheese.
  3. Broil the cheese for 2 to 3 minutes, watching carefully so the box doesn't catch on fire. Remove from the oven, sprinkle generously with fleur de sel and pepper, and serve immediately with toasted breads and cornichons. I put a small spoon in the cheese for people to help themselves.
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