Loaves of rustic, crusty bread serve as a great base for fire roasted toppings. Enhance the authenticity of the backyard bonfire experience by roasting garlic and brie in the fire (instructions below) while your guests are there to enjoy the action.
Toasted fruit skewers sprinkled with cinnamon or sugar offer a sweet balance to the savory garlic and cheese. Choose fruits that will stay on a toasting stick when warmed over the fire; pineapple, strawberries, apples and cherries are good options. Allow guests to build their own combinations. If needed, place a big marshmallow on the end of the skewer to prevent fruit from sliding off.
A charcuterie board is great for guests who want to nibble but don’t want to cook over a fire. Include slices of apples which are both in-season and taste great with roasted brie! A variety of hard meats, cheeses and pickled veggies will also go well with the rustic, crusty bread.
Autumn offers many festive drinks to choose from. Cider and hot chocolate (both boozy and non-alcoholic) are always seasonal crowd pleasers. For beer, try a malty German Marzen or a pumpkin-inspired ale from your favorite craft brewery. A full-bodied Chardonnay or a medium-bodied Pinot Noir will warm up wine lovers.
Last but not least, a bonfire party wouldn’t be complete without s’mores! Stick with the traditional combination of graham crackers, milk chocolate bars and marshmallows or create a s’mores bar stacked with fun new options. Creative alternatives could include buttery crackers or cookies as graham substitutes. In place of milk chocolate bars try peanut butter cups, peppermint patties or strawberries!
How To Roast Brie in your Fire Pit: Place a wedge or wheel of brie on a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Wrap foil around cheese so that it can be opened from the top after roasting. Place the foil bundle near the edge of the fire (not directly over flames). Let roast for 10 minutes, turning once. Using an oven mitt or tongs remove the hot foil pack from the fire pit and place on cutting board or serving plate. Unwrap the cheese after the foil is cool enough to touch. Set out a cheese knife and allow guests to help themselves.
How To Roast Garlic in your Fire Pit: For roasting garlic over a fire pit we suggest using the Cast Iron Garlic Roaster And Squeezer Set. Trim the top of the garlic bulb so the cloves are peeking through. Place the garlic bulb inside the roaster with trimmed side facing up. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the garlic with the roaster’s cast iron lid and place near the edge of the fire (not directly over flames) for 45 to 60 minutes. Turn occasionally. Using a heavy duty oven mitt remove the roaster from the fire and place on a trivet in your serving area. Guests can spread the roasted cloves on bread or dip bread in the olive oil.