December 10, 2014

Last Minute Appetizer

For those of you with Christmas parties coming up, here's a recipe we adore that will please just about anybody. It's festive, yet extremely easy to make - perfect for those last minute occasions! We served up baked brie at a party we hosted earlier this year, and since it was such a hit, we thought we may try our hand at this recipe coming up in the next couple weeks. Think, pre-Christmas Eve service? Yum!

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts


3/4 cup cranberry sauce
1 16-ounce brie round
Zest of one orange
2/3 cup walnut pieces
Crackers for serving


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Remove the top of the rind from the cheese using a serrated knife, and discard the rind. Place the cheese, cut side up on an oven safe plate or bowl. Just make sure to use a larger plate or a bowl so your cheese doesn't start oozing off the plate! Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven and top with the cranberry sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and warm. Sprinkle the top with orange zest and walnuts.
4. Serve immediately with crackers.

For a simple cranberry sauce, combine 4 ounces cranberries, 1/3 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer until thickened and cranberries have popped. For extra flavor, add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon.

See full post here from Simple Bites for more details!

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