God knows… God knows I want to bake brie!
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I Want To Break Free is, perhaps, most famous for the infamous video (that cannot be unseen) with all four members of Queen in drag in a parody of long-running British soap Coronation Street. Although massively popular in the UK on its release in 1984, the video was banned by MTV and the track did not do so well State-side as a result.
Inevitably, the song was included in the Queen/Ben Elton dystopian juke-box musical, We Will Rock You, that we may have mentioned once or twice before (Chorizo Little Thing Cauli-ed Love, We Are The Champignons, The Show Must Goan – We really need a WWRY dessert, guys – Ed). In the show, I Want To Break Free is sung by the rebellious young Gallileo who (like his classmate Scaramouche) doesn’t want to conform with the demands of the Orwellian governing Globalsoft Corporation (headed by Killer Queen – seriously). Anyway, never mind all that. Just strap on a pair of fake boobs [if required], a tight pink sweater, wig and moustache and strut to the kitchen to melt some cheese.
This kind of dish barely requires a recipe and there are infinite variations you could come up with – but here’s mine! This makes a great appetizer to share over drinks (or pig out on your own- ahem!) Vary the quantities as required, but use a baking dish that you will be able to fill.
Chop a courgette/zucchini into batons that are a little longer than your bacon is wide and wrap each bit of the veg in bacon (I used about a third of a rasher on each). Once you have filled your baking dish, bake these in a hot oven for 10 minutes then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes.
Drain away the liquid from the bottom of the dish and then rearrange things so that you have space for a wedge of brie in the dish with the bacon dippers packed in around it. Return the dish to the oven for a further ten minutes, by which time the cheese should be melting into the dippers.
Slash open the top of the cheese for extra oozage (pretty sure that’s not a word – Ed) and scatter over the sunflower seeds and rosemary sprigs. Return it to the oven for a final two to three minutes to toast these up. As a finishing touch, add a drizzle of maple syrup (honey would be good too).